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East Africa Child Hunger and Famine Relief Fund

by Save the Children Federation
East Africa Child Hunger and Famine Relief Fund
East Africa Child Hunger and Famine Relief Fund
East Africa Child Hunger and Famine Relief Fund
East Africa Child Hunger and Famine Relief Fund

Children in East Africa are struggling to survive the ongoing impact of one of the worst droughts the region has ever seen. Across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, children are at risk of acute malnutrition due to the lack of food and water. These situations are growing worse by the day.

As East African families migrate in search of food and water, children are falling vulnerable to malnutrition, disease, and limited access to school.

Thanks to donor support, Save the Children has reached 4,352,747 people and counting. Our efforts have provided a total of 1,617,509 people with water and sanitation services. Our lifesaving health and nutrition services reached 3,496,584 people through screening for malnutrition. And 297,785 severely and moderately malnourished children were admitted to our nutrition centers. Read more about our efforts here. However, there is still much more to do.

We can continue to work alongside partners, governments and local organizations to support the immediate needs of those families who are slipping into famine. We must continue providing lifesaving assistance while supporting communities to build resilience and help them find new and innovative ways to overcome the recurrent crisis. Your continued support will allow Save the Children to reach more of the 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Thank you! 

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Save the Children is on the ground providing lifesaving support to children and families in response to this devastating food crisis. Our priority is to reach children under age 5, who are less able to withstand malnutrition and are more susceptible to disease.

Our teams are screening children for malnutrition, running feeding programs and treating malnourished children in specialized health centers. We’re also providing clean water, addressing sanitation and hygiene to prevent diseases from spreading and providing support to families who’ve lost everything. 

We are working closely with governments, the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies to reach those who desperately need our help.  Our Emergency Health Units in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda have scaled up our efforts to screen and treat malnutrition, and provide primary health care and reproductive health services through fixed and mobile health units. 

This is a complex, protracted emergency. Save the Children will continue to respond as long as the need remains. 

 

South Sudan

Save the Children is on the front line of the relief effort in South Sudan as the lead health and nutrition provider in six of 10 states. We are:

· Running 45 outpatient therapeutic centers and 58 feeding program sites for infants and young children in the East Equatoria region, guarding children and their families against communicable diseases and increasing access to lifesaving drugs

· Continuing to monitor and contain cholera outbreaks by opening cholera treatment units and prepositioning medical supplies, water and sanitation equipment to save lives; responding to an increase in malaria, particularly in Abyei, with mosquito net distributions, anti-malarial drugs, health promotion and education on malaria prevention reaching almost 36,000 people, including almost 20,000 children

· Distributing emergency crop seeds to 2,500 household and cash transfers to families benefitting over 41,400 people 

 To date, we have reached over 335,000 beneficiaries, including almost 208,000 children.

 

Uganda

The Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda is now the largest in the world, with almost 285,000 South Sudanese living in substandard conditions. Uganda also hosts Kenyans who have arrived in desperate search of water and grazing for livestock and people fleeing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are:

 · Supporting South Sudanese refugees in five camps with basic and reproductive health services through fixed and mobile health units 

· Running over 30 child-friendly spaces, 17 accelerated learning programs and classroom construction projects so that children can catch up on their education 

· Reuniting children who were separated from their families.

 To date, we have reached more than 84,800 beneficiaries, including over 72,200 children.

 

Ethiopia

There are an estimated 12.6 million people in need of food assistance Ethiopia. Parts of the country are experiencing an infestation of voracious army worms, which consume crops and pasture. We are:

 · Running 544 outpatient therapeutic treatment sites, 63 inpatient stabilization centers and many diarrhea treatment centers through our mobile health and nutrition teams

· Trucking water to places where internally displaced people have settled and installing water tanks

· Helping families find alternative incomes and providing animal feed

· Providing school feeding and learning for more than 7,000 children through our Education in Emergencies program.

 To date, we have reached more than 892,000 beneficiaries, including more than 472,000 children.

 

Somalia 

An estimated 6.2 million people are food insecure and the projected number of children who are acutely malnourished is estimated to be 1.2 million. The drought has also forced 40,000 children out of school as families enlist them to search for water. We are:

· Trucking water to the worst-affected communities benefitting over 72,000 households

· Providing cash transfers to vulnerable families

· Running nutrition screening and feeding programs for children and pregnant and lactating women

· Establishing a cholera task force and training local doctors and nurses to expand treatment services 

· Bringing over 50,000 children back to school through our emergency response, which includes school feeding, temporary learning spaces and safe drinking water

 

To date, Save the Children has reached over 3.2 million people, including more than 2 million children.

 

Kenya

The humanitarian situation in Kenya continues to worsen with 5.6 million people in need of assistance. We are:

· Conducting nutritional screenings and treatment in 149 sites in four of the driest counties in the north; alongside these screenings, we are providing children with curative and preventive health services

· Providing a supplemental feeding program in partnership with the World Food Program in Turkana County

· Helping to keep schools and health facilities open by trucking clean water and providing technical assistance in water well and storage systems

 To date, we have reached 574,000 beneficiaries, including almost 282,000 children.

 

Yemen

Yemen alone is facing the largest food security emergency in the world. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs recently estimated that 20.7 million people – or nearly 7 in 10 Yemenis – require assistance resulting from civil war, collapsing services, food shortages and diseases.

· Responding with 400 national staff members to the crisis in nine governorates in the north, center and south of Yemen

· Distributing food, operating mobile health clinics and supporting 97 fixed health facilities; our health teams have consulted and treated over 213,000 people as of January 2017

· Treated over 60,000 children under age 5 for malnutrition with micronutrients and supported almost 74,000 people with food and cash transfers since the beginning of the year

· Running diarrheal treatment centers and oral rehydration therapy corners in response to the cholera outbreak; supporting hospitals with diagnosis and treatment through our mobile medical teams, and providing medical supplies and fuel to keep them open 

· Providing clean and safe water and improving sanitation and hygiene practices to reduce the spread of illness; we have joined other aid agencies in developing a cholera response plan and are appealing for funds for its programs

 We have reached over 747,000 people including more than 385,000 children with our multi-sectoral program responses.

 

Nigeria

Nigeria is also experiencing civil conflict, severe food insecurity, malnutrition, disease, and floods. About 4.6 million people are facing severe food insecurity. We have:

· Distributed monthly food baskets to vulnerable families; to date, over 33,000 households have been reached 

· Established seven outpatient therapeutic feeding centers that have served over 12,600 children and four outreach centers that provide infant and young child feeding support for those suffering from malnutrition. 

· Engaged over 33,000 girls and boys in psychosocial support activities at 15 child-friendly spaces and thousands of children ages 3-5 in our Temporary Learning Spaces

· Provided training on cholera prevention and hygiene sensitization to reduce risk of transmission 

 To date, we have reached over 699,000 beneficiaries, including over 481,000 children. 

Niger

Floods and displacement are the main causes of humanitarian needs in Neger where 2.2 million people required assistance in 2017. We have:

 Provided access to clean water and are educating people about good hygiene

Provided medical supplies to health centers and screening and treated malnourished children, including over 650 children in September alone; trained health workers on the prevention and management of hepatitis E, and vaccinated 4,400 children against preventable diseases

Trained community volunteers in child protection, conducted awareness campaigns and provided psychosocial support to children

Distributed food to households in need and planned electronic cash transfers to 4,000 vulnerable families

 

We have reached over 220,600 people including almost 93,400 children since January this year. 

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A child eats from a sachet of ready-to-use food
A child eats from a sachet of ready-to-use food

Save the Children is on the ground in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya providing lifesaving support to children. We are working closely with governments, the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies to reach children and families who desperately need our help. Our priority is to reach children under age 5, who are less able to withstand acute malnutrition and are more susceptible to diseases.

South Sudan:

Save the Children is the lead health and nutrition provider in six of 10 states. We run 45 outpatient therapeutic centers and 58 feeding program sites for infants and young children in the East Equatoria region. We guard children and their families against communicable diseases and increase access to lifesaving drugs, protect children from harm and provide access to education. As cholera spreads, we are also opening cholera treatment units and prepositioned medical supplies, water and sanitation equipment to save lives. 

 

Uganda: 

With approximately 1.3 million refugees, Uganda has more refugees than any other African nation. Some 970,750 of those who have arrived are from South Sudan. During the month of June, an average of 770 South Sudanese children and adults entered Uganda every day. Uganda also hosts drought-affected Kenyans who have arrived in desperate search of water and grazing for livestock.

Our support is ongoing in five camps and includes both fixed and mobile health units that provide basic health and reproductive health services. We also run over 30 child-friendly spaces and have started accelerated learning programs and classroom construction projects so that children can catch up on their education. Our child protection teams reunite children who were separated from their families, monitor the status of unaccompanied children and train case workers and our partners on important practices to ensure that children are safe from abuse and their rights are protected.  

 

 Somalia: 

We are trucking water to the worst-affected communities, providing cash transfers to thousands of vulnerable families and running nutrition screening and feeding programs for children and pregnant and lactating women. We established a cholera task force and are training local doctors and nurses to expand treatment services. Our aid has reached 1.3 million people.   

 

Ethiopia: 

Save the Children is currently running 300 outpatient therapeutic feeding sites, 40 nutrition stabilization sites and deploying 11 mobile health and nutrition teams across the Somali region, making us the largest provider of community-based malnutrition work in the country. We have also stablished diarrhea treatment centers, truck water to places where internally displaced people have settled and install water tanks. We provide child protection services for refugees at the border in Dollo Ado, as well as school feeding programs inside the Dollo Ado refugee camp. Our livelihoods staff are helping families find alternative incomes – crucial for those whose livestock has died. To date, we have reached more than 393,000 people with aid.

 

Kenya:

In four of the driest counties in the north, we are conducting nutritional screenings and treatment in 149 sites. Alongside these screenings, we provide children with curative and preventive health services. In Turkana County, we have a supplemental feeding program in partnership with the World Food Program. In addition, we are helping keep schools and health facilities open by trucking clean water and providing technical assistance in water well and storage systems.  

Children at a Cholera treatment center, Somalia
Children at a Cholera treatment center, Somalia
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Bishaaro is assessed for her nutritional condition
Bishaaro is assessed for her nutritional condition

The month of May failed to bring any reprieve to drought-ravaged parts of Ethiopia, with the humanitarian situation threatening to unravel quickly. 

Across the country at least 7.8 million people – including 4 million children – have been hit by drought and are struggling to get enough food and water to feed themselves and their livestock. This number could now rise further, with authorities already carrying out an assessment of the situation.

"The drought in southern Ethiopia has been going from bad to worse and risks developing into a humanitarian catastrophe if action is not taken immediately," said John Graham, Country Director for Save the Children in Ethiopia.

"The much-hoped for spring rains in the south failed in April and May which means we are likely to see six more months without rainfall. The rapid deterioration of the situation means that food supplies, which were expected to last until September, could run out this month."

Southern Ethiopia experiences the same rain system as Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya, which have all been hit by drought, but a different rain system to the north of the country which last year saw the worst drought in 50 years, leaving 18 million people in need. While northern parts of Ethiopia have recently been lashed with rain and seen flooding, the south has not seen proper rainfall since April 2016 and is now not expected to have any further rain until October.

Thanks to supporters such as yourself, Save the Children has already reached more than 300,000 people in Ethiopia with emergency assistance this year, including 140,000 children, in the Southern Nations and Nationalities People, Somali and Oromia regions that have been worst hit.

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