UNICEF in Horn of Africa - News from the Field
UNICEF in the Field in Horn of Africa
November 9, 2011
The rain has begun on schedule in north-eastern Kenya, bringing the first real precipitation that many people in the semi-arid region have seen for months, if not years. But while eagerly anticipated, it’s both a blessing and a curse. Because the parched land can't absorb sudden downpours, there is an increased risk of flooding and waterborne disease.
November 7, 2011
UNICEF announced the opening of its first humanitarian transit hub for nutrition supplies destined for Somalia. Situated in the port of Dubai, the new warehouse will help speed up the delivery of nutrition supplies to Somalia where famine has been declared in six southern regions. Up until now, sea routings have had to use the port of Mombasa exclusively as the gateway into the Horn of Africa.
November 2, 2011
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a special visit to the UNICEF global Supply Center in Copenhagen to help maintain the world’s attention on the humanitarian crisis in East Africa, which has left more than 320,000 children so severely malnourished that they are at imminent risk of death unless they get urgent help.
October 28, 2011
One hundred days since famine was declared in parts of southern Somalia, UNICEF and its partners are doing their utmost to prevent a second and potentially more devastating wave of deaths from disease against a background of conflict. The rainy season will bring relief to drought-stricken areas but also increase the risk of disease outbreaks and hamper the distribution of aid to refugees most in need.
October 26, 2011
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit UNICEF's lifesaving Emergency Supply Center to highlight desperate plight of children in East Africa
On Wednesday November 2, 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be making a special visit to UNICEF’s global Supply Center in Copenhagen to help put the global spotlight back onto the humanitarian crisis in East Africa, which has left more than 320,000 children so severely malnourished that they are at imminent risk of starving to death unless they get urgent help.
October 25, 2011
With the worst humanitarian crisis in the world currently unfolding in the Horn of Africa, Threadless, BBH New York and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have partnered to launch GOOD SHIRTS: a unique clothing line benefitting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support relief efforts in the famine and drought-affected region.
October 20, 2011
The massive international response to the child survival crisis in the Horn of Africa has already shown some positive results, but much more needs to be done to save hundreds of thousands of children at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease. Read a progress report on UNICEF's work and the situation in the region three months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia.
October 6, 2011
UNICEF and partners are supporting the Government of Ethiopia to respond to the immediate needs of drought-affected communities like Borena, where 500 households in survive on little more than 15 liters of water per family per day.The implications of the continuing drought for the pastoralists of this area are grim. these are communities that will require support to recover from the drought, build resilience and diversify their livelihoods.
September 29, 2011
In Kenya, children bear the brunt of disruption caused by the constant migration of families in search of water. Finding long-term sustainable water solutions is essential to stop this displacement. At UNICEF-supported Griftu Primary School, a solar powered water pump provides a constant supply of water to a newly built water tank.
September 18, 2011
Mobile teams are part of a health extension program put in place by the Ethiopian Government with the support of UNICEF and other partners to provide a health and nutrition safety net to the most vulnerable communities. But with the worst drought in recent memory killing cattle and crops and leaving over 4.56 million people in need of food support in Ethiopia, the system is severely stretched. UNICEF has added four additional teams in the Somali region, bringing the total number of mobile units it supports to 24.