Five challenges for 2022
This year, 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection. Some crisis situations will require special attention in the coming months. Our teams will continue to fight for the rights of children and their families around the world.
Five months after the Taliban took power, Afghanistan finds itself in one of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Due to famine, lack of medical care and extreme poverty, half of the population now needs humanitarian aid to survive. Young children and pregnant women are particularly affected by the situation. «We work in fear. We are scared that the Taliban will prevent us from working. But we have to continue because the mothers need us,» says Khadija, a midwife that works with Terre des hommes.
Since the military took power on 1st February 2021, Myanmar has been in the grip of an unprecedented political, economic and social crisis. 14.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance; nearly 27% of the population. This situation is exacerbated by COVID-19. Families can no longer support themselves, especially in the informal settlements around the capital Yangon. «Tdh is providing emergency assistance, supplementary feeding, life-saving maternal, newborn and child health services, as well as essential water and sanitation interventions to prevent COVID-19 ,» says Martin Swinchatt, our country representative in Myanmar.
Lack of food or medicine and power cuts... In Lebanon, basic goods are becoming increasingly scarce and their prices are soaring as the local currency collapses. Political and social tensions threaten to bring down the whole country. A situation that forces many children to leave school to work. It is also a challenge for our teams in the field to continue reaching the children and families who need it most.
Drought in the Sahel, floods in Bangladesh… The effects of climate change are affecting the daily lives of families living in exposed regions. The destruction of their crops or their homes forces them to flee to find a semblance of security. These phenomena are becoming more frequent and intense every year and require humanitarian aid and long-term solutions.
Malnutrition and famine
In November 2021, a record of 283 million people in 80 countries were affected by food insecurity or at risk of it. This number is increasing due to COVID-19, climate change and humanitarian crises in some countries. Burkina Faso is one of the most affected countries, where our teams are helping children under the age of five as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women to cover their food needs.
Photos Copyrights: ©Tdh/Gonzalo Bell/Jezerca Tigani/Désirée Kanyala
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