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Some annual results

  • 19,622people received humanitarian support
  • 30latrines in primary schools and primary health units constructed by Cordaid
  • 480hygiene promotion kits distributed
  • 9water facility systems rehabilitated in 4 hospitals and 5 health centres

Global Peace Index

151/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2016)
Somalia flag Mogadishu, Somalia

Program manager Humanitarian Aid: Somalia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Ukraine

Dilanga Manuweera

Cordaid in Somalia

Drought and civil war lead to a food crisis in Somalia. To respond to the crisis, Cordaid implements a humanitarian aid program, with an average annual budget of around 10 million euro and covering the following sectors: health & nutrition, food security, livelihood, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education, shelter and protection. Together with our Caritas partners, Cordaid has been working in Somalia for over 25 years.

Read more about Cordaid in Somalia

Where does Cordaid work?

In Somalia, Cordaid is working in Jubaland State, South West State and Hir Shabelle State. For the famine response, Cordaid, through its sister organisation Trócaire, is focusing on the most affected people in Gedo. In the Luuq district, Cordaid provides food rations to IDPs. In Garbaharey district, staff is trained on disaster preparedness and response, focusing on disease outbreaks and increased malnutrition.

4 cholera treatment centres in Luuq, Dollow, Garbaharey and Gedweyne have been established close to the hospitals and health centres. The aim is to improve access to health services and to bring the current cholera epidemic, caused by severe drought, under control.

6 community sensitization campaigns to address acute watery diarrhoea/cholera were implemented in Belet Hawa, Luuq and Garbaharey.

In Belet Hawa, Dolow and Luuq water facility systems were rehabilitated in 4 hospitals and 5 health centres.

14,3 Million


Rural population

Urban population

0.0% annual

GDP growth

38.8 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal


Current situation

Somalia is one of the severely affected countries by the on-going drought. Rural communities are left to survive without their animals and crops. Most of them moved to urban areas to access humanitarian aid, especially in Dollow and Luuq districts in order to seek for help. However, this intense movement and re-settlement of persons intensified the congestion in the IDP camps, leading to insufficient shelter, poor hygiene and sanitation coupled with poor access to safe water.

Most rivers have gone dry, and the water in boreholes has turned too saline for human consumption. Consequently, cholera outbreaks in the region have been ongoing since late February, 2017. These began in the Garbaharey district, and rapidly spread to other districts due to the influx of people. Since the first outbreak incident a total of 3,677 cases have been reported. Luuq and Dollow districts were the worst hit with 1,289 and 1,214 cases, which included 36 deaths (the majority were children under the age of five years).

In addition to that, malnutrition rates escalated - mid 2017 the number of sick children admitted to hospitals with severe malnutrition has tripled in 3 months’ time. Outpatient consultations have also increased with more cases of malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea and skin infections.

Cordaid in Somalia

Cordaid has been working in Somalia since March 2017. Our humanitarian program covers the areas of:

Health and nutrition

Running cholera treatment centres, distributing hygiene kits and food rations to IDPs and promoting sensitization campaigns on AWD/cholera.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Establishing and rehabilitating water and hygiene facilities in hospitals, health centres, technical and vocational education training (TVET) centres, primary health units and schools, as well as the connection of public water system and construction of latrines.

In Somalia, thousands of persons are malnourished and desperate. Our activities provide assistance and comfort to those in need. Women, men and children are treated in our health centres and water is becoming accessible again. This support helps thousands to start a new life.

Trocaire, supported by Cordaid, gives food ration cards at Shanties Dhuyuleh Internally Displaced Persons Camp. Thousands of people are seeking survival in makeshift camps with unsanitary conditions. (© Amunga Eshuchi / Trocaire)

Partners and donors

Cordaid supports its sister organization Trócaire and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Somalia. Donors such as Irish Aid, DFID and Caritas Internationalis’ East Africa Drought Appeal have assisted the organizations together with the Dutch SHO fundraising, to effectively respond to cholera outbreaks and increased malnutrition.

Other organizations such as World Vision International and MSF Spain also supported our project, as well as local organizations such as Somalia Humanitarian Relief Action (SHRA), the Elbon Development Relief Organization (EDRO) and the Somali Ministry of Health.

 Header image and full width image by Amunga Eshuchi/Trocaire)

Somalia team

Margriet Verhoeven

Program manager Humanitarian Aid: Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen