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USAID Announces $1.2 Billion in Additional Humanitarian Funding for the Horn of Africa.
The Horn of Africa, a region encompassing Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, is facing the most prolonged drought in recent history, following four consecutive below-average rainy seasons.
Since its onset in late 2020, the drought has affected approximately 19.4 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia—the worst-affected countries—and exacerbated existing humanitarian needs related to recurrent climatic shocks, the impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and conflict.
The drought has led to acute food insecurity conditions for an estimated 18.6 million people and resulted in acute malnutrition for 3.2 million children and pregnant and lactating women across the three countries, the UN reports.
As of July, at least 7 million livestock had died and 22 million additional livestock were at risk, significantly reducing critical income generation and the production of milk—a key source of nutrition—for households in the region.
Drought conditions have also caused water sources to dry up or diminish in quality, leaving an estimated 11.6 million people facing water insecurity in the Horn of Africa as of July, the UN reports. As humanitarian conditions continue to deteriorate, relief actors report that the upcoming October-December rainy season is also likely to result in poor rainfall.
In response to growing needs, USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced nearly $1.2 billion in additional humanitarian funding for the drought response in Horn of Africa on July 18.
The new funding will support emergency food assistance to respond to worsening acute food insecurity; nutrition support to prevent and treat wasting, the deadliest form of acute malnutrition; agricultural support to mitigate crop and livestock losses; and urgent health and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions to prevent disease outbreaks which are often prevalent during drought.
Additionally, the USAID contribution will provide protection services to support women and children amid heightened risk of violence and other protection risks driven by drought conditions. In total, USAID/BHA has provided more than $1.6 billion to drought response efforts in the region to date in FY 2022, bringing the U.S. Government (USG) total FY 2022 contribution to the Horn of Africa to more than $1.8 billion.
Prophet Reward Foundation being on disaster grassroots event, the physical impacts on ground is very little still the numbers of worsening in hunger and poverty are still keeping on arising.
Populations in Kenya Face Increased Food and Nutrition Insecurity.
Drought conditions in Kenya have left 4.1 million people in need of emergency food assistance, according to Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis from June. The number people that faced food insecurity in June represents an increase of 600,000 people—17 percent—from initial estimates for the March to June period and more than twice the number of food-insecure people compared with the same period in 2021.
Further, the latest analysis estimates that 1.1 million people were facing Emergency—IPC 4—levels of food insecurity in June, compared with 758,000 initially projected in March. An estimated 942,000 five years children or younger required treatment for wasting, including approximately 229,000 children likely experiencing severe wasting.
Additionally, approximately 134,000 pregnant and lactating women required treatment for acute malnutrition, according to the IPC analysis from June. In Kenya’s Mandera County, malnutrition rates have surpassed the Extremely Critical levels for acute malnutrition, with rates of global acute malnutrition exceeding 30 percent, according to the UN World Food Program (WFP).
The fourth consecutive below-average rainy season has negatively affected crop and livestock production across Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), worsening drought conditions in 19 of the 23 ASAL counties, according to the Government of Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority (NDMA).
Declining livestock prices and increasing prices of many staple goods have diminished household purchasing power and exacerbated acute food insecurity for households attempting to recover from the poor performance of the preceding three rainy seasons.
Many households have exhausted food stocks and must travel long distances to access water, as many water sources in ASAL counties have dried up due to the drought.
As of May, up to 2.4 million livestock had died across Kenya, and while ASAL counties recorded a slight improvement in pasture conditions during May, the high concentration of livestock in grazing areas are likely to deplete resources, NDMA reports.
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As Covid 19 pandemic continues to unfold in different ways in different countries, disrupting many livelihoods and especially those living below the poverty line, there is dire need to step up humanitarian support to the most vulnerable people in our community.Covid19 pandemic is pushing more vulnerable people to starvation in the slums, and they desperately need humanitarian support. Kenyans are hungry and in need of food. In our efforts, we continue to sensitize the community on the dangers of COVID 19 and prevention measures as we supplied more liquid soap, establishing hand washing points in the community to enable more people to continue washing their hands frequently. Through your help, we have reached more than 1,000 families supplying them with survival food packs. More people need your support in order to continue staying home. Millions of Kenyans are facing numerous challenges due to the impact of Covid-19. Many residents in slums where we operates are unemployed or depends on daily casual work which are currently unavailable at this non movement city of Nairobi in Kenya.
You can be part of this by sending your donation or dry foods like rice, cereals, maize flour, porridge flour, cooking oil, soap, face masks, e.t.c. to our mobilizing food bank for distribution to the needy families in our community we serve in Kenya.
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