Africa Drought Appeal

A small group of families wait for transport to take their food home.

Severe food insecurity in countries across east and central Africa has placed tens of millions of men, women and children on the cusp of unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

At no other time in recent history has severe hunger and starvation loomed so large. In South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya alone, millions of people are facing devastating levels of food insecurity and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance today. The situation is expected to worsen in Sudan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Chad, Niger and the Central African Republic.

Red Cross Response

IFRC and member National Societies are scaling up support to vulnerable communities throughout Africa. Local Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers are embedded in many of the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach communities, and this deep and permanent reach is further strengthened by their ability to draw on the resources and expertise of the world’s largest humanitarian network.
IFRC and National Societies are rallying to respond, building on their ongoing efforts to foster resilience and provide social protection, and capitalizing on the access and reach that only Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff have.

The Canadian Red Cross has been involved in the area in the following ways:

  • Canadian Red Cross has been responding since 2015 with support to Red Cross Red Crescent Movement operations in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.
  • Canadian Red Cross has in-country presence in Ethiopia and South Sudan and is working with both National Societies to enhance their emergency response capacity.
  • Canadian Red Cross will be working with the Ethiopian Red Cross Society to address immediate emergency response needs in water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

Moving forward, we have three priorities – reach, response, resilience:

  • Delivering relief in hard-to-reach and underserviced areas so that people are not left behind.
  • Community-based health response to prevent and treat malnutrition and infectious disease outbreaks such as measles, malaria and diarrhoea.
  • Supporting Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff working with local people to build community resilience through programmes that restore dignity, strengthen food security and support long-term development, such as cash, livelihoods, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

Canadians can support the Red Cross response by donating to the Africa Drought Appeal.