Our heart is with Ethiopia as it faces a massive drought triggered by El Nino weather systems that have caused erratic and failed rains at critical points during the country’s growing and harvest seasons. Crops have failed and water sources have dried up, particularly in the eastern part of the country. The number of Ethiopians in critical need of food assistance has risen quickly and sharply to over 10 million.
Urgent humanitarian action is needed now to provide emergency food, water, and health aid as well as longer-term support to rebuild lost livelihoods. The Government of Ethiopia is proactively managing this emergency and has committed millions of dollars to address needs. Many international donors, including the US Government, have also responded but only half the $1.4 billion in funding needed to manage this severe crisis has been secured.
At the Liya Kebede Foundation we are especially concerned about the impact of this drought on mothers and their children. For over 60 years, our maternal health partner, Amref Health Africa, has worked with midwives and health workers in the Afar region, one of the areas most heavily impacted by the drought. In response to this crisis, Amref Health Africa is working on all fronts, including:
- Training health workers on emergency response;
- Providing at-risk children and pregnant women with nutritional supplements and essential prenatal care;
- Working with communities to ensure long-term access to clean water; and
- Strengthening existing health systems to ensure prevention and treatment services, like immunizations for children, can continue during the emergency
How you can help:
To donate to Amref Health Africa’s work please visit www.amrefusa.org:
Many humanitarian agencies are providing food, water and relief aid to support Ethiopia and other drought-affected countries. To learn more about how you can help support these efforts across East Africa visit Charity Navigator.
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