10 August 2011
WHO calls for US$ 23.4 million to counter malnutrition and the spread of disease in the Horn of Africa.
3 August 2011
29 July 2011 - The World Health Organization (WHO) will require US$ 29.5 million to finance the prevention and mitigation of disease in the Horn of Africa drought affected areas. The health of 12.4 million people is at risk as a result of widespread malnutrition and disease following the worst drought in the region in decades.
20 July 2011
In Ethiopia, admissions to therapeutic feeding centres have increased by 42% between February and March 2011 and by 90% between March and April while the number of people receiving emergency food assistance has increased by 40% since April, reaching 4.5 million. Up to 2500 Somalis cross into Ethiopia daily. The camps are cramped, raising the possibility for further disease outbreak, and the provision of basic health services and emergency obstetric care is weak or absent.
14 July 2011
The health and nutritional status of many communities in the Horn of Africa is fast deteriorating. The cycle of hunger-ill-health-poverty means that fewer resources are dedicated to health care just as health needs increase as a result of poor diet. Lack of water and precarious sanitation further increase the risk of communicable diseases. Cholera and measles outbreaks have already been reported in Djibouti and Ethiopia.
8 July 2011
The Horn of Africa is facing what has been described as the worst drought in over half a century. Around ten million people in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.