Crisis watch

Florentine, a young mother in Mozambique, who received assistance from CARE following drought and food shortages
6 October 2017


Recent conflicts in two regions of Ethiopia (Somali and Oromia) have resulted in over 217,000 people being displaced, most of them relocating to temporary centres in towns and cities. While the government works to resettle displaced people, CARE Ethiopia has been assisting people with food and non-food items such as clothing through our existing projects in East and West Hararghe. We are assessing the potential for a cash assistance programme.

26 Sept 2017

Horn of Africa

In Somalia, 6.2 million people are facing acute food insecurity, while in Ethiopia 8.5 million people will require emergency assistance between now and December. In some areas of Kenya, Global Acute Malnutirion is above 35% of the population, the highest rate within the Horn of Africa region. Health authorities, UNICEF, and aid organisations estimate that nearly 73,000 children in Kenya are severely malnourished and at risk of dying from drought-related hunger unless urgent aid is made immediately available. CARE is responding in all three countries, including through cash assistance, food and water, and health and hygiene support.

26 Sept 2017


Typhoon Doksuri has caused significant damage to homes and agricultural land across central Vietnam, with over a million people affected. In Ha Tinh province, 93,000 houses have suffered roofing or other damage, and many schools and health clinics are flooded and damaged. CARE’s response will include distributing hygiene kits and providing cash grants for shelter repairs.

21 Sept 2017

Lake Chad region

According to the United Nations (OCHA), 17 million people are affected by this regional crisis in which conflict and insecurity has destroyed lives and livelihoods and forced millions to flee their homes. The majority of the displaced are sheltered by communities who are among the poorest in the world. Across the region, one in three families is food insecure, and malnutrition rates have reached critical levels. One in every two people needs urgent humanitarian assistance. The situation has been further exacerbated by recent floods due to heavy rains during July and August, which displaced a further 250,000  people in Nigeria and 82,000 in Niger; and a cholera outbreak in northeastern Nigeria.

CARE is providing assistance in Cameroon (water, sanitation and hygiene support to 90,000 people); Chad (food, livelihoods and WASH support to 67,000 people); Niger (food, livelihoods, WASH and protection support to 256,000 people); and Nigeria, where a new programme will provide sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning and maternal health services) targeting 136,000 women and girls.

20 Sept 2017

Mexico earthquake

More than 200 people are reported to have died after a strong earthquake struck central Mexico, causing huge damage to buildings in Mexico City and surrounding regions. CARE has previously worked in Mexico, most recently in 2015-16 when we supported programme delivery through strategic partnerships, but we do not currently have a presence in Mexico. CARE International will be monitoring the level of humanitarian need following the earthquake, and our thoughts are with the survivors and the families of those affected.