Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Nov 9, 2011

CARE's efforts in Horn of Africa continue


In Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, CARE is mounting a large-scale crisis response, including general food distributions, emergency stabilization for malnutrition cases, water, essential household items, education and psychosocial support, reaching 1,758,825 people through the end of October.  In addition to immediate aid, CARE is also providing long-term assistance to reduce vulnerability to future disasters.

Some updates on CARE's activities in the Horn of Africa

In Kenya:

In Dadaab:

  • Water/Sanitation/Hygiene (WASH) programs have been conducted.
  • Public Health Promotions, including animal carcass collection, have been implemented. Communities are taking an active role in effective and hygienic collection and disposal of carcasses.
  • CARE will be distributing Common Relief Items (CRIs) - including over 28,000 jerry cans - this month

Beyond Dadaab:

  • Scaling up animal health interventions
  • Training communities on disaster risk reduction
  • Providing WASH services (including rehabilitation of boreholes and earth pans) through cash-for-work programs 

In Ethiopia:

  • Nutrition and Food - Well over 1,000 children under five have been treated for malnutrition through stabilization centers, supplementary feeding and outpatient therapeutic programs. Thousands more are expected to be treated.
  • The Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) has begun, in collaboration with the World Food Programme, to shift chronically food-insecure rural people from recurrent emergency food aid to a more secure and predictable, and largely cash-based, form of social protection. The program has reached a total of 14,168 individuals.

In Somalia:

  • WASH: Thousands have benefitted from clean water trucking, rehabilitation of water points, hygiene and sanitation training, provision of water filters, latrine construction and water quality training.
  • Nutrition and Food: Food Security and Livelihoods: Supplementary Feeding Programs have reached 4,929 children under five and pregnant and lactating women. Additionally, hundreds of newly displaced families have received essential non-food items.
Dadaab - Connections
Dadaab - Connections



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