Community Animal Health Workers trained
For over 20 years, Somalia has faced civil war and subsequent clan conflicts, which interrupted provision of basic services to the populaion. Since the collapse of the central government in 1991, provision of higher education has been nearly non-existent especially in veterinary medicine. Most of the senior veterinarians left the country to seek asylum abroad. Clan conflicts and harsh conditions in pastoral areas have forced those who remained in the country to move to urban centers. The country has also been struggling with recurrent climatic shocks such as droughts and floods with increasing frequency.
To date, Somalia’s humanitarian situation continues to be of serious concern. An estimated 5 million people (40% of the population) are currently in need of life-saving and livelihood assistance. Almost 1.1 million people are internally displaced and another 1 million are living as refugees in neighboring countries.
VSF Suisse and VSF Germany provide emergency assistance combined with livelihood restoration in Gedo region. They also work in Somaliland to improve the livelihoods of agro-pastoralists.
What we do:
- Providing emergency veterinary assistance and training of veterinarian-auxiliaries (CAHWs) in order to increase the production of milk and meat and thus improve food security;
- Provided emergency food assistance to vulnerable households of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local communities, targeting in priority women and children.
- Providing unconditional cash transfers to improve beneficiaries’ access to food and non-food items.
- Improving irrigation infrastructure and supporting fodder production and conservation.
- Improving fisheries activities.
- In Somaliland we are developing the human capacity in the dairy and meat sectors through skills development, organisational capacities, and strengthening of linkages between producers and consumers.