The EU will provide the Horn of Africa with a further € 105.5 million to help the countries in the region mitigate the effects of the coronavirus in the face of the delicate humanitarian situation in the area.
“The EU remains committed to humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa countries, particularly in these difficult times. EU aid will support hunger-prone communities and strengthen measures to prevent the virus from spreading.” Crisis management commissioner Janez Lenarcic has pointed this out. “A global pandemic requires a global response,” he said.
In particular, the package will distribute 42 million for humanitarian projects in Ethiopia, 15 million in Kenya, 48 million in Somalia and 0.5 million in Djibouti. The funds will be used to support the provision of basic health services, to fight the pandemic and to increase the health capacity of these countries against the coronavirus.
In addition, food aid projects are funded and the basic needs of the displaced are addressed, ie their protection, nutrition and access to health and education.
The Commission recalls that many people in the region are victims of armed conflict, internal displacement and recurring droughts. In addition, a grasshopper infestation has threatened the food security of many vulnerable people in the region in recent months.