UK’s International Development Secretary announces further £21m of aid support in response to 2018 drought risk

mareeg.com-The UK’s International Development Secretary travelled to Somalia on
Sunday 21 January, for meetings with the Federal Government of Somalia,
international partners, and civil society.
This was Ms. Mordaunt’s first visit to Somalia as International Development
Secretary.
During the visit, Ms Mordaunt heard about how UKaid helped those most
impacted by Somalia’s extreme drought, by providing life-saving water, food
and healthcare. This unprecedented response helped avert famine in 2017,
and saved many thousands of lives.
International Partners briefed Ms Mordaunt on the extreme and challenging
climate conditions the country will continue to face in 2018. Low levels of
forecasted rain threaten crops and livestock, leaving half the Somali
population hungry and at risk of disease. Without sustained relief and
recovery there is a real risk of famine in the near future.
Ms Mordaunt pledged an additional £21 million on behalf of the UK in
response. This will fund immediate lifesaving aid, including:
 Screening and treatment for 130,000 children at risk of life-threatening
acute malnutrition;
 Providing nutrition support for over 300,000 vulnerable people;
 Maintaining access to water and improved sanitation for over 155,000
people;
 Food security and livelihoods support to approximately 40,000
beneficiaries;
 Vaccinations for 12.5 million goats against respiratory tract diseases,
benefitting over 2 million pastoralists
The International Development Secretary said:
“The devastating consequences of drought in Somalia remain a major
concern. The UK led the global effort to avert famine last year, but the country
is facing further difficult conditions in 2018. The job is not yet done.
“I am very clear that this is not just Somalia’s problem. The whole world is less
safe when instability, poverty and extreme weather triggered by climate
change are left to feed extremism and mass migration.
“This is why the work we are doing here is so important, from British troops
helping develop Somali forces, to world-class diplomats delivering a peaceful
future and aid workers providing life-saving water and food. This is why the
international community also needs to step up their support to Somalia before
more innocent lives are lost.”
In meetings with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre and Minister of Finance
Abdirahman Duale Beyle, Ms Mordaunt reflected on progress since last year’s
Somalia Conference in London. Ms Mordaunt reiterated the UK’s commitment
to continue to work with Somalia to tackle the causes and consequences of
instability, and stressed the importance of further action in 2018.
During a roundtable discussion with civil society and private sector
representatives Ms Mordaunt also discussed ways to include youth, women
and marginalised groups, including disabled people, in the restoration of
democracy in Somalia.
Notes to Editors
 In 2017, the UK led the international response to Somalia’s drought,
with life-saving water, food and healthcare, saving many thousands of
lives. The UK provided £170m humanitarian funding, to prevent famine.
This included providing over 1 million people with access to safe
drinking water, and over 1.5 million people with emergency food
assistance.
 In addition to this £21m, a further £40m will be provided as planned in
2018 to sustain the relief and recovery effort, totalling £61m already
planned for the 2018 response.
For more information:
Alice Simpson
Head of Communications
British Embassy Mogadishu – Nairob

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