Who are Internally Displaced People (IDPs)?
IDP’s are a vulnerable population similar to refugees as they are both forcibly displaced from their homes due to unsafe condition such as terrorist activities.
However, unlike refugees, IDPs do not migrate to across national borders, they stay within their home country.
In 2020, we partnered with LDS Charities to feed the IDP settlement in Sounsounkoro. This year, we want to increase our aid efforts towards the IDP population in Mali by including them in our Healthy Village Workshops, supporting village Chiefs as they offer land and resources, and building 2 more wells.
Since 2019, hundreds of IDP’s in north-central Mali fled from terrorist conflict and are resettling in the Ouelesesbougou region. These internal refugees made up of mostly women and children continue to head south as extremist groups like Al Queada continue to destroy their homes, mosques, and pull families apart.
Because of the structure of our organization on the ground in Ouelessebougou we have been able to learn of the situation and take immediate action.
Health Risks for IDPs
IDPs often live in poor physical conditions, which may result in an increase in diseases like measles, malaria, diarrhea, and respiratory infections.
IDPs also have limited accessibility to health care. This can lead to an increase in chronic diseases that normally could have been prevented.
For female IDPs, there are many reproductive health concerns. Due to lack of availability, many women cannot obtain the reproductive care they need. As a result, maternal and infant death rates tend to rise amongst female IDPs.
Through our programs we are able to provide emergency relief to hundreds of women.