From April 2017 up to now, thousands of people have crossed the northern border of Angola, fleeing the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. World Vision, in partnership with UNHCR and the World Food Programme has managed the distribution of food survival kits and hygiene kits for 32.000 people in a refugee camp in Lunda Norte province. 53% of refugees in Lunda Norte are children. In partnership with UNICEF, World Vision will also implement in the month of August safe spaces where they can have psychosocial monitoring study and participate in recreational activities. The number of refugees is expected to increase exponentially as there is no forecast for the end of the conflict.
World Vision in Angola is responding to emergencies brought about by the El Ninõ phenomenon coupled with an economic shock linked to reduced Government income from oil revenues. World Vision’s response strategy targets child health, nutrition and food security / resilience. The Southern provinces of Angola, including Namibe, Cunene, Huila, and Cuando Cubango are experiencing a severe drought, the worst recorded for the past 27 years. This comes at a time when the four previously dry years have already stretched community coping mechanisms, and therefore the resilience to withstand shocks is low. World Vision estimates that approximately 1.9 million people are food insecure with child global acute malnutrition running at between 15-19%. Outpatient nutrition centres and local hospitals are overwhelmed and essential medicines and supplies of therapeutic food are reported to be out of stock.
In March 2016, the pediatric hospital in Luanda issued a call for medical supplies, as they are experiencing stock outs of essential lifesaving medicines. At present there are epidemics of yellow fever, malaria, dengue fever, typhoid fever and cholera brought about by heavy rainfall in Luanda, limited waste management and poor hygiene and sanitation. There has been a spike in child deaths, as hospitals across the country report critical shortages of all medical items, caused by the ruptured regular supply chain processes as a result of the economic crisis in Angola.