Humanitarian needs mount as almost 60,000 refugees from Somalia arrive in Dadaab camp due to impact of climate change, warns IRC

Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya: Dadaab camp in northeast Kenya is the world's largest refugee settlement, and hosts more than a third of a million Somali refugees. In 2011 a severe drought pushed tens of thousands of people from their homes, swelling the ranks of Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp. With the International Organization of Migration predicting 200 million environmentally displaced people by the year 2050, countless more Somalis will likely be pushed across the country’s borders and to the seas. (Photo by Nichole Sobecki)
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The International Rescue Committee provides vital support to refugees and Kenyan host communities struggling to recover from violence and natural disaster. IRC has been delivering health care in and around Dadaab for most of the camp’s 30-year existence.

IRC’s current programs are focused in the Hagadera camp, where teams provide comprehensive health care to refugees and host communities, including basic and specialised care. Currently, IRC provides COVID-19 vaccinations and awareness campaigns to reduce vaccine hesitancy; surveillance and treatment for patients with non-communicable diseases; mental health and psychosocial support; maternal, reproductive, and HIV services; nutrition assessments and programs to combat acute malnutrition; gender-based violence response and prevention programs; vocational training; and financial support.