Browsing: Drought in East Africa

  • Kenya will receive an additional US$126 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to address the ongoing drought
  • USAID said it was providing the funding to address the hunger crisis that has left more than four million people in the grips of a dire hunger crisis
  • The announcement comes following a visit to the country by First Lady Jill Biden where she met with drought-affected communities and heard first-hand about the devastating impacts

Kenya will receive an additional US$126 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to address the ongoing drought.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, USAID said it was providing the funding to address the hunger crisis that has left more than four million people in the grips of a dire hunger crisis.

According to USAID, the number is expected to rise to over five million by June 2023.

The announcement comes following a visit …

  • Save the Children has found that about 262,500 acutely malnourished children may have died between January and November 2021
  • The organization used data compiled by the UN and evaluated mortality rates for untreated cases of severe acute malnutrition in children under five across eight countries in East Africa
  • Health centre admissions of children suffering acute malnutrition have risen dramatically in 2021, with a 16 per cent increase in the first half of this year from an already high baseline

A new report has found that more than 260,000 children aged under five may have died from extreme hunger or related diseases in East Africa since the start of the year.

Save the Children used data compiled by the UN and evaluated mortality rates for untreated cases of severe acute malnutrition in children under five across eight countries in East Africa.

Using a conservative estimate, the humanitarian aid agency discovered that …