Ethiopia is facing an acute humanitarian emergency as malnutrition reaches alarming levels, international medical organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has warned this week.
The organisation has already reported the deaths of 67 children in the Somali region in June–the highest number they’ve seen in the area for 10 years.
‘The deaths of these children show the gravity of the situation,’ said MSF nutritional adviser Saskia van der Kam. ‘What we are seeing is a humanitarian emergency.’
In Danod, Lehel-Yucub, Wardher, Galadi and Daratole, MSF teams have treated 6,136 children under five for severe acute malnutrition since January. By comparison, MSF treated 491 children for severe acute malnutrition in those areas during the same period in 2016–that’s more than a tenfold increase.
This crisis has come after two failed rainy seasons. People’s livestock is dying because because of drought, forcing them to abandon a traditionally nomadic way of life. They’ve had to settle instead into informal camps, where food and safe water are both lacking.
People have been receiving food aid, but supplies are insufficient and resources are now running out.
What’s even more concerning is that the World Food Programme has warned that its supply of emergency food aid for the Somali region will run out at the end of July.
That will leave 1.7 million people even more vulnerable to malnutrition.
‘Our teams are working with the health authorities to reach as many children as possible to provide them with therapeutic food to reduce the immediate mortality, rather than provide comprehensive care to a smaller number of children.
‘But we shouldn’t have to make such a choice. More food aid and more humanitarian organisations need to arrive in this region urgently.’
MSF emergency programme manager Karline Kleijer
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Medecins Sans Frontieres are calling for people to make donations to help their emergency support of the people of the Somali region, to help give emergency food aid to people who are starving. Click here to donate.
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