CARE has decades of experience in the affected region and responded to the urgent needs of drought-affected individuals. CARE worked in Ethiopia, Northern Somalia (Somaliland & Puntland), and Kenya particularly in the provision of clean water and food. In Kenya, CARE responded to the refugee crisis that has arisen as a result of the drought, and reached nearly 464,000 refugees in Dabaab with food distribution, water and sanitation as well as hygiene education to help prevent the spread of disease.
In total, CARE reached 2.8 million drought-affected men, women and children in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia with:
- Food, water and essential household and hygiene supplies;
- Treatment for acute malnutrition of children under five;
- Expansion and rehabilitation of water sources, sanitation facilities and hygiene education;
- Support and counseling for survivors of trauma, sexual and gender-based violence;
- Support for herding communities to maintain the health of their animals; and
- Agricultural support such as the distribution of seeds to allow farmers to replant.