・Based on joint needs assessment carried out by the inter-agency humanitarian team comprising government of Djibouti and the UN agencies 120,000 people are in urgent need for humanitarian assistance, out of which 70,000 in need of food assistance; 4,577 severely malnourished; 16,126 moderately malnourished; and 77,000 people including 17,600 refugees are in need of safe drinking water. In addition, an estimated 12,000 families including pregnant women and under five children are in need of Long Lasting Impregnated Nets (LLIN). 700 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) benefitting from UNICEF supported Conditional Cash Transfer programme to improve their livelihood have seen their situation worsened due the crisis.
・Key challenges facing Humanitarian response include lack of updated and reliable data due to week information systems, absence of NGO (both national and international) implementing partners, low government capacity to rapidly assess and respond to the increasing needs of the affected populations.
・Major programme results include 70,000 people benefiting from WFP food assistance; 70% of severely malnourished children reached by treatment through MSF, ACF and Ministry of Health Centers with support from UNICEF; 70.6% of affected people were reached by water trucking in highly affected areas and 700 Orphans and Vulnerable Children benefit from Conditional Cash Transfer to improve their livelihood.
・Over the reporting period, the nutrition cluster led by UNICEF, with participation of WHO, FAO, WFP, Action Contre la Faim (ACF), MSF, UNHCR, IFRC and the Agence Djiboutian du Development Social (ADDS) held three coordination meetings and the following issues were discussed: the need for an update of malnutrition data through a rapid assessment; operational guidelines on the use and standardization of nutrition supplementary products; and to agree on key monitoring indicators and the information sharing format.