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USAID is responding to rising humanitarian needs in the Northern Triangle, including working with Catholic Relief Services to help families recovering from devastating storms in El Salvador.
Raquel Valencia, Catholic Relief Services.

Key Developments

USAID is responding to rising humanitarian needs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and on April 6, 2021, deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to help people facing recurrent drought, food insecurity, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The UN released 2021 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, appealing for $588 million to reach more than 4.4 million people in acute need of humanitarian assistance across the three countries.  In total, the UN estimates that 8.3 million people across El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras require humanitarian assistance, compared to 5.2 million people in need in early 2020. 

The El Salvador HRP requests $156 million to provide humanitarian assistance to 912,000 individuals in need. Food security needs comprise the largest portion of the HRP with $49.4 million requested, followed by protection and early recovery with appeals for $34.9 million and $26.9 million, respectively. All three HRPs note increased needs due to chronic poverty and violence, climate vulnerabilities, lack of access to basic services, and ongoing impacts from storms and the COVID-19 pandemic.  In El Salvador, the estimated number of people in need of assistance increased 164 percent from 2020 to 2021. 

El Salvador reported nearly 2,600 new COVID-19 cases from August 10 to 16, representing the highest weekly case count since the country’s August 2020 peak, according to data compiled by the UN World Health Organization (WHO). To date, nearly 53 percent of people in the country have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. In response to COVID-19 related needs in the region, USAID/BHA continues to work with partners to conduct essential health and water, sanitation, and hygiene activities, including distributing hygiene kits and personal protective equipment, strengthening community surveillance, and training health care workers on infection prevention and control measures. 


El Salvador is prone to a variety of natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. When disaster strikes, USAID typically works with non-governmental organizations to meet humanitarian needs and complement government relief efforts. In addition to direct disaster assistance, USAID supports disaster risk reduction activities and capacity-building initiatives in El Salvador and the larger Latin America and Caribbean region.



Last updated: September 20, 2021

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