UNICEF in the Field in Horn of Africa
August 4, 2011
IKEA Foundation today announced a donation of 1 million euros, or more than 1.4 million dollars to UNICEF to help save the lives of acutely malnourished children in Somalia. An estimated 1.85 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance in the country, and 780,000 children are acutely malnourished.
August 3, 2011
Vaccination teams are working at full force to deliver lifesaving immunization to children under the age of five on the Kenya-Somalia border. Children in communities around Dadaab, in north-eastern Kenya, are suffering from a triple shock comprising drought, soaring food prices and a refugee influx from Somalia. The effort is part of a regional push to ensure that all children in drought-affected areas are vaccinated against diseases that can be deadly, especially for those who are malnourished.
August 1, 2011
Drought has resulted in high levels of malnutrition among children in affected districts in Ethiopia, with an estimated 312,740 severely malnourished children requiring urgent lifesaving treatment. UNICEF has supported Ethiopia to increase national capacity to treat severe acute malnutrition in 8,800 sites. Additionally, UNICEF has assisted the Ministry of Health with the training of health extension workers in outpatient therapeutic feeding.
July 29, 2011
With an estimated 1.25 million children across southern Somalia in urgent need of lifesaving care and 640,000 children acutely malnourished, UNICEF calls for all actors to make saving children's lives the top priority and to urgently support all efforts to reach children in need.
July 27, 2011
A tragedy of epic proportions is unfolding in the Horn of Africa, where hundreds of thousands of children are facing death due to starvation. The disastrous combination of a paralyzing drought, skyrocketing food prices and conflict has left over 11 million people battling hunger to survive. An estimated 1.85 million are in dire need of urgent aid. In some regions one in every three children is severely malnourished, their lives at risk.
July 26, 2011
On the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking Concert for Bangladesh, the music community is coming together yet again for UNICEF -- this time to help provide emergency relief for children in famine and drought-affected regions in the Horn of Africa. During the Month of Giving, musicians and performing artists across the world will engage with fans and followers to raise much needed awareness and funding to respond to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.
July 26, 2011
UNICEF provides lifeline to protect malnourished children from killer diseases in the Horn of Africa
UNICEF, the Kenya Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a vaccination campaign for children living in communities around the Dadaab refugee camp with a target to vaccinate more than 200,000 children. It is part of a push to ensure all children in drought-affected areas are protected from polio and vaccinated against killer diseases like measles, which can be deadly for malnourished children.
July 22, 2011
With famine now declared in two regions of Southern Somalia and malnutrition rates at emergency levels in arid and semi-arid regions across the Horn of Africa, nearly 720,000 children are at risk of death without urgent assistance. In total 2.23 million children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are estimated to be acutely malnourished. UNICEF estimates it will need $100 million over the next six months for a massive scale up of operations to reach children in the drought affected areas with emergency and preventative assistance.
July 20, 2011
The United Nations declared today a famine in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. More than half a million children in Somalia are acutely malnourished and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. UNICEF has called the situation across the Horn of Africa the "most severe humanitarian emergency in the world," with Somalia being the epicenter of the crisis.
July 20, 2011
In Raya Azebo, Ethiopia, less than half the population has access to a source of water within a mile of the home. For those that do, fetching water from a deep water well still poses a real challenge. Especially for young girls who spend much of their time and energy doing so on a daily basis. Now that the region is facing its worst drought in 60 years, it is an even greater chore.