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Eastern and Southern Africa


Kenya training session is a milestone for community-based newborn care in Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya, 26 June 2007 – Twenty-year-old Evelyn Katunge doesn’t know what killed her babies. In April 2005, with the help of birth attendants in her Majengo home, a sprawling slum near downtown Nairobi, she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Her joy, however, was cruelly shattered when her first baby died within hours, soon followed by her other baby.

The burden on children: Searching for scarce resources in drought-stricken Somalia
BAKOOL REGION, Somalia, 23 May 2006 – The families walk for days across the vast parched landscape of southern Somalia, children and goats in tow, following rumours of rain. Finally, rare showers bring them to a halt around fresh watering holes and they settle down. Just hours later, though, all that’s left are puddles of fetid water.

UNICEF urges sustained aid to prevent 40,000 child deaths in Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 15 May 2006 – Tens of thousands of children are facing the prospect of a slow death by starvation in the Horn of Africa. Despite recent rains, a two-year drought has already killed half the livestock and UNICEF fears that the nomadic pastoralists and their children who roam the vast region could be next.

Survey reveals high malnutrition rates among pregnant women in Kenya
NEW YORK, USA, 4 May 2006 – Pregnant women are showing even higher rates of malnutrition than children in parts of Kenya hit by the region’s worst drought in a decade. UNICEF nutritionists, who have surveyed remote communities in Moyale, Marsabit and Samburu districts, say their findings indicate an immediate need for more assistance to ensure the most vulnerable women and children survive what has become a chronic emergency.

Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo witnesses devastation of drought in Kenya
NEW YORK, USA, 26 April 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Oxfam campaigner Angélique Kidjo visited the drought-affected Wajir district in northern Kenya this week to raise awareness about the severe crisis that has devastated the Horn of Africa.

Despite recent rains, Somalia uniquely devastated by drought
NEW YORK, USA, 19 April 2006 – UNICEF’s Representative in Somalia, Christian Balslev-Olesen, was in New York earlier this month discussing and planning UNICEF’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa.

UN appeal seeks $426 million for Horn of Africa drought relief
NAIROBI, Kenya, 10 April 2006 – The United Nations regional appeal for the Horn of Africa was launched Friday at a standing-room-only event here. Out of the total appeal for $426 million, UNICEF is asking donors for $97.7 million.

With the Horn of Africa on the brink of famine, need for drought relief grows
NEW YORK USA, 6 April 2006 –  The need for humanitarian aid is growing in parts of the Horn of Africa where more than 15 million people – including 2.7 million children under the age of five – are affected by the worst drought to hit the region in decades. Aid will be even more vital to save children’s lives if the rains fail again this month the region, which includes Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Immunization and health campaign protects drought-affected children in southern Ethiopia
BORENA ZONE, Ethiopia, 4 April 2006 – Chachu Guyyo, a thin and energetic 74-year-old, was making slow progress with her four grandchildren towards the health post. They had been waiting in a queue for hours, along with 40 other women and children, to receive the medicines and vaccines being dispensed.

As drought lingers, Kenya’s nomadic Turkana tribes are among the worst affected
NEW YORK, USA, 21 March 2006 – The nomadic Turkana tribes of northeastern Kenya have been especially vulnerable to the severe year-long drought afflicting the Horn of Africa.

UNICEF Executive Director on joint mission to Great Lakes region with heads of WFP and UNHCR
NEW YORK, 27 February 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has taken a firsthand look at programmes for children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including meeting with street children at a feeding programme in Kinshasa. Ms Veneman is in Africa for a joint visit to the Great Lakes region with the Executive Director of the World Food Programme James Morris and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

Somalia afflicted by worst drought in decade
WAJID, Somalia, 8 February 2006 – Like thousands of others in Somalia, 26-year old Faduma Adow Bolis is dealing with the latest misfortune to beset her people. The country, challenged by years of inter-clan conflict and limited access to basic social services, now faces the worst drought in a decade.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman: Urgent action needed in drought-stricken Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 7 February 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is calling for immediate action in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa to keep children from dying.

UNICEF appeals for $16 million to fund emergency drought relief in the Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 3 February 2006 – UNICEF has launched an appeal for $16 million dollars to fund emergency aid in the Horn of Africa. More than 8 million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti are affected by a worsening drought. With rain not due until April, UNICEF fears the situation will deteriorate even further.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addresses African Health Ministers
NEW YORK, 13 October 2005 – In a video address to the 2nd Session of the Conference of African Ministers of Health, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has said that Africa is a priority region for UNICEF and that Health Ministers are front-line partners in UNICEF’s efforts to improve the lives and well-being of children.




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