Horn of Africa/Somalia Famine 
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  • Emergency

    Crisis in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia

    In July, 2011, famine was declared in the Horn of Africa, affecting 13 million people in a region ravaged by drought, poverty and conflict. The people of Somalia endured the greatest suffering: tens of thousands of people, many of them children, starved to death or succumbed to malnutrition-related illnesses. Those who survived lived in crowded refugee camps where chronic hunger and disease run rampant.

    AmeriCares large-scale emergency response focused on saving as many lives as possible, with shipments of medicines, nutritional supplements, water purification tablets and medical supplies.

    By February 2011 the famine was declared officially over, but the region remains in the throes of its worst humanitarian crisis in decades. Our work there continues today.

  • Response

    As news of the famine unfolded, AmeriCares mobilized a strategic pipeline of shipments to help children and adults living in overcrowded camps in the Somali capital city of Mogadishu, as well as in Kenya and Ethiopia:

    • Over 179,000 course treatments of medicines to provide a broad range of primary care services and support surgical procedures.
    • A daily supplemental meal for 8,600 malnourished children and adults in need of nutritional stabilization.
    • Water purification to provide 34,400 people with a two-month supply of clean drinking water.
    • Infrastructure and medicines to stock a field hospital in the Kambioos refugee camp, located 3 miles from the Dadaab camp in Kenya
    • A grant to help an Ethiopia-based partner equip two semi permanent mobile clinics treating refugees with acute and chronic illness in the Mekadida and Bokalmanyo camps in Dolo Ado.
  • Recovery

    In the aftermath of the famine, people throughout the Horn of Africa continue to suffer and die from treatable, preventable illnesses, including cholera. This water-borne disease spreads and kills quickly, especially in refugee camps when poor sanitation and overcrowding are a problem.

    AmeriCares has teamed with leading health organization, icddr,b, on a Global Cholera Preparedness Initiative, part of an ongoing effort to provide crucial training to health care workers, while prepositioning life-saving treatment supplies to respond quickly to disease outbreaks.

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