Somalia

Concern provides critical emergency assistance to ensure the survival and food security of families affected by recurrent drought and conflict. Our long-term work with displaced communities and the urban poor includes cash transfer programs, education, WASH, and nutrition services.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 10.5 million
  • Working people earning less than $2/day: 74.5%
  • Life expectancy: 55.05
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 91
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 147
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 732

We are working on enabling mothers and fathers to make positive, informed decisions about the health of their children. Farmers are growing more crops than before and soil erosion has been drastically reduced with watershed protection and management.

Concern Worldwide is one of the few NGOs that has been able to deliver significant, long-term interventions in a country that has experienced recurring political turmoil and violent outbreaks. Our work is enabling mothers and fathers to make positive, informed decisions about the health of their children; farmers are growing more crops than before; and soil erosion, which has devastated farms in Somaliland, has been drastically reduced with watershed protection and management. In response to a massive influx of displaced people in the south central region, we opened two nutrition centers and increased nutrition education and support to both mothers and fathers so that their children are more likely to stay healthy in the future. In addition to conflict, the spring rainy season was poor, resulting in water shortages and an inadequate harvest. We responded with drinking water, sanitation facilities, hygiene promotion, and insect control to mitigate the spread of disease, helping nearly 90,00 people. We also offered health, food security, and nutrition support. Through the Children of Peace program, we are working to provide vulnerable children affected by conflict with safe learning environments for primary education.