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Drought Affected Parts Of Ethiopia, Kenya And Somalia - 27 January 2006
In Ethiopia, more than 1.75 million people are affected by the drought; in Kenya, 4.5 million people are affected by the shortage of water; and around 2 million vulnerable Somali children and women face serious food shortages. Due to the rapidly deteriorating situation, UNICEF urgently requires USD 16,393,747 (out of the total USD 69,266,330 requested for 2006) to carry out life-saving programmes for drought-affected children and women over the next three months. These will include therapeutic and supplementary feeding programmes, measles and vitamin A campaigns, water and sanitation programmes, child protection, and education.
Donor Update: 6 October 2005
The drought in Kenya continues to afflict thousands of children, leaving more than 20,000 malnourished or at serious risk of malnutrition. Several parts of the country remain critically food insecure and in need of relief assistance until at least February 2006, when the next harvest should become available. In addition, the risk of polio has risen sharply in drought-affected districts bordering Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia where the disease has already re-emerged. UNICEF therefore urgently requires US$ 560,000 for a polio vaccination campaign. A total of US$ 4 million is needed to provide targeted feeding for malnourished and vulnerable children, to support vitamin A supplementation, integrated immunization campaigns, provision of a basic health package as well as repair and rehabilitation of critical water sources to provide the minimum quantities of water needed for human consumption.
Donor Update: 22 April 2005
UNICEF aims to immediately provide 30,000 malnourished children with urgent nutritional rehabilitation. Furthermore, UNICEF continues to support the health, water and sanitation and education services which are overburdened in the drought-affected areas through polio and measles immunization and provision of clean water. The provision of clean water is linked to education, as many pupils are dropping out of school because of water shortages. The critical gap in funding until the month of August 2005 is US$ 2.9 million. For its emergency programmes in Kenya, UNICEF has so far received US$3,663,251 (of the total appeal of US$ 8,635,200)