In Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, failed harvests, volatile security and rising food prices have led to soaring malnutrition rates, illness and deaths. Famine has been declared in six of eight regions in Somalia. By increasing the number of health facilities, mobile clinics and hospitals Merlin supports and by expanding the reach of our vaccination, nutrition and health care programs, Merlin is helping hundreds of thousands of people.
What is a ‘famine’?
Technically, a famine is declared if:
In Somalia: Merlin, is one of the only health agencies able to operate in Somalia. We are supporting primary health care and nutrition services in Central Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland.
Merlin’s work in Somalia is targeting 587,100+ people
In Kenya: In North, South & Central Turkana, we have scaled up to 76 outreach sites and 33 health facilities, all supervised by Merlin’s nutrition officers.
Merlin’s work in Kenya is targeting 485,000 people
In Ethiopia: Merlin is providing a range of health and nutrition services in the Somali and Oromiya Regions.
Merlin’s work in Ethiopia is targeting over 637,600 people
In Kenya, the long awaited rains have caused extensive flooding and Merlin has undertaken need assessments enabled our health teams to plan and respond in the best way. This additional response has now begun. The food crisis and famine is expected to spread across the entire south in the next two months, with over 750,000 people at risk of dying by the end of the year.
With a recurring gift, we can do even more
Merlin will work with the most vulnerable people for as long as we are needed but to best serve these communities we need your continued support. As the Holidays approach, please consider making a recurring gift to this appeal to help us work through this Crisis.
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