Act Now to Prevent Famine in Kenya & Somaliland

by Health Poverty Action
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Act Now to Prevent Famine in Kenya & Somaliland
Act Now to Prevent Famine in Kenya & Somaliland
Act Now to Prevent Famine in Kenya & Somaliland
We ensure people can access hospital treatment
We ensure people can access hospital treatment

The Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought in 40 years, so we are reopening this appeal. Consecutive years of low rainfall has culminated in the most severe drought to hit many communities across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.

Health Poverty Action has been working with communities in these countries for years and now, as thousands of people's lives are threatened, we turn to you.

Failures of crops are leading to severe food shortages and surges in prices, with many children acutely malnourished. Death of livestock is destroying people's livelihoods and food sources.

The poorest are forced to use unsafe water sources, leading to increasing incidences of life-threatening waterborne diseases like cholera. Millions of people will be impacted by this drought without support.

Health Poverty Action works alongside communities to provide the support that is needed over many years. We stand alongside communities long after disaster strikes. We strengthen healthcare systems within countries and work with the people who need the most support.

Health Poverty Action has worked in East Africa since 1992. We have built strong long-term relationships with communities and are prepared to support them both now and in the future.

Please contribute whatever you can to this appeal. Large or small, your contribution is immensely appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Tadesse Kassaye

Head of Programmes - Africa

Water sources are becoming scarcer
Water sources are becoming scarcer
Farmers struggle to find pasture for livestock
Farmers struggle to find pasture for livestock

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Preparing a nutrition garden in Mandera County
Preparing a nutrition garden in Mandera County

In the aftermath of the drought, Health Poverty Action has continued to work with remote communities in Kenya to build resilience to environmental crises and ensure that the most vulnerable families can secure nutritious foods.

In Mandera County, we were able to establish 10 nutrition gardens, managed by groups from the local communities. We trained the group members on how best to utilise scarce water supplies to grow food, whether establishing river bank gardens, utilising waste water from hand washing, or planting vegetables in sacks.

They grow a range of nutritious vegetables in the gardens, including fast-growing iron-rich crops such as spinach and kale, providing a source of food for their families and vulnerable community members. Surplus vegetables can be sold at local markets at a subsidised price, providing income for growers and a cheaper source of food for other local families.

Households with malnourished children, pregnant and lactating mothers are referred to their nearest nutrition garden by community-based reproductive health agents. This has proven to be a particularly effective way to counter malnutrition and iron deficiency in these remote communities.

Your contributions, and support from donors like you, help marginalised communities to deal with the effects of droughts and other environmental disasters, while addressing the social and economic factors that make people vulnerable.

You can find out about our latest appeals and other ways that you can help to improve people’s health here.

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Health Poverty Action would like to extend a huge thank you to you for supporting our recent emergency appeal through GlobalGiving – ‘Taking Action to Prevent Famine’.

Drought does not only affect the water supply. It affects crops and livestock. The ability to earn a living and to provide for your family. It has huge implications for health, particularly for pregnant women and young children who risk starvation or contracting dangerous water-borne diseases.That is why we take a holistic approach to disaster relief. We are ensuring long term change at a grassroots level and we will continue to work with local partners on the ground to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to live healthy lives.You can see this approach in the infographic below. 

Once again, thank you. Your support has allowed us to implement programmes in remote areas of Kenya and Somaliland that are often inaccessible and overlooked. 

Thank you,

Sabrina Lloyd 

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Health Poverty Action would like to extend a huge thank you to you for supporting our recent eastern emergency appeal through GlobalGiving – ‘Taking Action to Prevent Famine’.

We've been overwhelmed by the positive response and we are delighted to send you the first update provided by our field officers in the Horn of Africa.

Drought does not only affect the water supply. It affects crops and livestock. The ability to earn a living and to provide for your family. It has huge implications for health, particularly for pregnant women and young children who risk starvation or contracting dangerous water-borne diseases. You can see this approach in the infographic below. 

That is why we take a holistic approach to disaster relief. We are ensuring long term change at a grassroots level and we will continue to work with local partners on the ground to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to live healthy lives.

Once again, thank you. Your support has allowed us to implement programmes in remote areas of Kenya and Somaliland that are often inaccessible and overlooked. We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.

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