World Vision International

The El Niño Disaster

The El Niño weather pattern is over but its impact continues with 60 million people globally in need of food assistance. It is estimated 40 million people in 13 countries will be food insecure until March 2017.

World Vision's Response - World Vision has committed $220 million to its El Niño responses across the globe. Seventy five percent of that funding has gone to Southern Africa, where an estimated 32 million people will be food insecure between June 2016 and March 2017. Globally, World Vision has reached 5 million people - half of them children - largely with food assistance and food security interventions.

Widespread Malnutrition - A number of El Niño affected countries are in Crisis (Phase 3) and Emergency (Phase 4) – one below Famine - and need urgent help to reduce malnutrition and restore livelihoods. 

Increasing vulnerability of children - The impact of El Niño undermines the safety and protection of children. Children have been dropping out of school, turning to dangerous and abusive work to make ends meet, facing life threatening illnesses, seeing their parents migrate to find work, while girls are at increased risk of being married as children.

Innovation needed - New partnerships with the private sector and new innovations, such as early access to recovery loans, are needed to tackle climate related disasters like El Niño. Building resilience and restoring livelihoods is also essential to ensure the longer-term sustainability of communities.

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