Ensuring the welfare of women, men, girls and boys, particularly in emergency situations, is one of CARE’s priorities.
CARE has been operational in the small country of Djibouti since January 2012, when we expanded our response to the most recent food crisis in the Horn of Africa.
Djibouti has received insufficient rainfall since 2005, which has depleted water reserves, deteriorated the health of livestock and milk production, and caused massive loss of livestock and livelihoods.
CARE’s work in Djibouti focuses on health and nutrition services, including a health center serving mostly Somali refugees in the Ali-Addeh camp, as well as the surrounding host population. The influx of refugees has placed a major strain on Djiboiti’s 800,000 people – two-thirds of whom already lived below the poverty line before the crises, and one-fit of who are themselves in dire need of humanitarian assistance.