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U.N. warns 750,000 at risk for starvation in coming months
Amid grim U.N. warnings about the deadly scope of the Horn of Africa famine, AmeriCares has expanded its large-scale emergency response in the region to help save as many lives as possible.In addition to a series of shipments of crucial medicines, nutritional supplements, water purification tablets and supplies, AmeriCares is building a field hospital in Kenya to treat thousands of vulnerable Somali refugees at risk of severe malnutrition, disease and chronic illness.Tens of thousands of refugees have died and more than half a million children are on the brink of starvation. U.N. officials stated that the famine continues to spread, warning that 750,000 people could perish in the next few months unless humanitarian aid increases.As the crisis worsens, the need is great. Help AmeriCares reduce human suffering and save lives in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia »Immediate ResponseAs news of the famine unfolded, a rush shipment was delivered to Mogadishu in early August, supplying emergency medical aid to clinics and mobile teams to treat 15,000 sick children and adults. This was followed by two shipments of enough nutrient-rich meal packs to provide a daily supplemental feeding for 13,000 acutely malnourished people for one month.In the meantime, AmeriCares finalized plans to open the 4,500-square-foot AmeriCares field hospital within the Kambioos refugee camp established in Kenya to handle the overflow from the Dadaab camp. The hospital will house a therapeutic feeding center, operating room, intensive care unit, as well as a labor and delivery ward, laboratory and pharmacy. AmeriCares partner, International Medical Corps will operate and staff the facility for an anticipated two years. AmeriCares will outfit the hospital with equipment and stock it with an initial supply of medicines and consumables.
Photo courtesy of International Medical Corps (IMC)Humanitarian Relief Pipeline:A series of new aid shipments now underway include:
Historic Aid to the RegionSince 1985, when severe famine claimed one million lives in Ethiopia, AmeriCares has worked to help African men, women and children in crisis. Previous aid to Somalia includes more than $3 million in medicines, nutritional supplements, and vitamins during the height of the drought and war-stricken nation’s food crisis of 2008-09.Read MoreDonate Now