UNICEF urgently requires US$31.8 million for the next three months to provide humanitarian support to crisis affected children and women in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti
The Horn of Africa is facing a severe crisis due to the convergent effects of the worst droughts in decades, a sharp rise in food prices, and the persistent effects of armed conflict in Somalia, which has combined to trigger one of the sharpest refugee outflows in a decade to Kenya and Ethiopia. Over ten million people are at high risk including 2.85 million persons in Somalia, 3.2 million in Ethiopia and 3.5 million in Kenya.
• Urgent life-saving actions are needed to prevent the deaths of an estimated 480,000 severely malnourished children in drought affected Kenya, Somalia Ethiopia, and Djibouti. A further 1,649,000 children are moderately malnourished. All crisis affected persons are at high risk of disease outbreaks including measles, acute watery diarrhoea and pneumonia
• Full funding will ensure that vulnerable women and children will:
- receive treatment for severe acute malnutrition through provision of Ready- to-Use-Therapeutic Food at community level or at therapeutic feeding centers
- gain access to clean water through the repair of pumping stations, digging of boreholes, chlorination of water sources and water trucking
- receive vaccines against measles, polio and other deadly diseases
- resume education through temporary learning spaces and school-in-a-box kits
UNICEF Humanitarian Action Update - Horn of Africa crisis - 8 July 2011 [pdf]
Somalia is one of the three poorest countries in the world and characterized by chronically high rates of acute malnutrition above emergency levels. There is an ongoing and sustained humanitarian crisis, with 43% of the country’s population including 1.4 million children in need of emergency livelihood and life saving assistance. The situation is compounded by the combination of the ongoing conflict that resulted in the displacement of more than 1 million people, economic collapse, rising criminality and natural disasters.
UNICEF works through over 100 local and international NGOs and community based organizations throughout the country to provide a variety of multi-sectoral services. Among other activities, UNICEF and partners provide water daily to 250,000 IDPs and nutritional support to 100,000 children per month.
UNICEF Somalia has received no contributions to date against the appeal for US$ 79 million in the 2009 CAP/Humanitarian Action Report. In order to be able to carry out its activities, US$ 10.5 million are needed for the next three months for priority activities.
Somalia Humanitarian Action Update 3 March 2009 [pdf]
UNICEF Somalia press release