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Somalia is a country that has been upset by more than 27 years of civil war. Human development indicators remain the worst in the world and the humanitarian situation is extremely fragile: more than 1 million people are displaced and the country is cyclically affected by drought and frequent escalations of violence.
In response to such deep crisis, COOPI has been carrying out health, food safety, water and sanitation projects since 1984 to improve the living conditions of thousands of vulnerable families. To address the lack of basic health services and clean water we provide emergency medical service, outpatient care for the treatment of HIV and tuberculosis. We also work to increase access to safe drinking water through rehabilitation or construction of water points, as well as promoting the adoption of good hygiene practices and the construction of latrines.
Additionally, to tackle food insecurity we distribute seeds, agricultural tools and food vouchers as well as train farmers and shepherds on best practices in farming and livestock care. Since 2012 COOPI has been part of the SomReP (Somalia Resilience Programs) consortium, with World Vision as lead partner, with which we carry out resilience programmes in the Bay and Gedo regions. In the first we intervene in city of Baidoa and in the surrounding rural area, while in the second we intervene in Dolow and Belet hawo.
In 2017, in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, we launched an income-generating programme to support Somali refugees returning from Kenya. With regard to the latter, we manage the activities carried out in Somalia by the coordination office in Nairobi due to the strong instability affecting the country.