Somalia, 18 November 2011: FSNAU survey results show massive humanitarian response to famine has saved children’s lives
Tens of thousands of Somali children’s lives remain at risk; continued major support required for 2012
NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 November 2011 – Following the release of the latest survey findings from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) in Somalia, UNICEF welcomes the news of a decrease in the number of famine zones across south Somalia.
“Thanks to the strong support from donors around the world since famine was declared in July, thousands of children’s lives have been saved” said UNICEF’s Representative to Somalia, Sikander Khan.
According to the FSNAU’s latest findings, areas in Middle Shabelle and among displaced populations in Afgoye and Mogadishu remain in famine with previous famine-affected areas – Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle – downgraded to Emergency levels.
However, while the global acute malnutrition and crude death rates have declined in many areas, malnutrition rates continue to remain above the famine threshold levels in a large part of southern Somalia. Child death rates also remain above crisis levels in several areas.
Furthermore, large-scale disease outbreaks likely to peak during and immediately after the current rainy season and the approaching long hungry season from March to July continue to make children extremely vulnerable to death and disease over the coming months.
In total, four million people remain in need of life-saving assistance.
To sustain and further expand its response, UNICEF now urgently requires $62 million by the end of November to meet all identified needs for 2011 and keep its pipeline of life-saving nutrition and health supplies open in early 2012. To ensure the possibility of eliminating famine in the existing three areas and minimize the risk of slipping into famine in all other emergency areas, UNICEF requires nearly $300 million for its multi-sectoral response throughout 2012.
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