Muslim Aid today launched an urgent emergency appeal to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the severe drought and malnutrition occurring in the countries of eastern Horn of Africa.
An estimated 10 million people in Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan are at risk of starvation. A shortage of food, water and medicines, made worse by persistent drought conditions in the region have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and seek refuge in camps in Mogadishu, as well as on the border of Northern Kenya and Ethiopia.
During the 2011 Horn of Africa Droughts, the public responded generously to the cries of starving people. However since the nationwide emergency appeal has become somewhat watered down, the need for ongoing assistance is still necessary.
Children are still crying in hunger, lacking in energy and suffering from malnourishment due to a deficiency in nutritious food and clean drinking water. Muslim Aid staff are still on the ground in Somalia providing healthy meals full of nutrients, healthcare facilities and education for those who are still fighting to regain their lives and livelihoods.
On 3 May 2012 Muslim Aid Somalia received a shipment of nutritious food items including porridge from our partner Americares. This food will help reduce malnutrition amongst many children who are still suffering from the effects of last year's drought. These items will be sent to remote health and nutrition centers in Kismayo. Muslim Aid is the only organisation in Kismayo which is running an effective health and nutrition programme.
Around 7,500 moderately malnourished children will get benefit from this supply in the coming weeks.
Muslim Aid has launched an urgent emergency appeal to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the severe drought and malnutrition occurring in the countries of eastern Horn of Africa.
Muslim Aid Somalia is actively celebrating the African Vaccination Week by participating in events across the country. A radio message for Malaria awareness has been running on air since the 19th April 2012. In collaboration with the UNICEF, the organisation is holding an awareness event today in the Madina District, Mogadishu that will showcase posters about Malaria control and hold discussions around interventions.
Muslim Aid is committed to bringing down malaria death toll, especially amongst the vulnerable section of the society, including pregnant women and children. Malaria is one of the most common reasons behind miscarriage in many African countries. Muslim Aid has established many malaria prevention and treatment centres in the Horn of Africa, such as Somalia, which also includes educational and awareness programmes to help people who live in remote areas. Last year, the charity distributed 7,000 mosquito nets to pregnant women and children under five in Somalia.
In the war-torn nation of Somalia, which has recently suffered a major drought, children have missed on their early education at all levels. Muslim Aid's education programme for the societies affected by wars and drought in southern Somalia has succeeded to enrol 8,596 students in 36 primary schools and 24 child friendly centres for the 2011-2012 academic year. Almost 50% of the students are girls.
To ensure that families are not hindered in sending their children to school due to financial difficulties, Muslim Aid’s Equal Access to Education project is providing education to children for free. In an aim to empower the community and create a stable and bright future, Muslim Aid is continuously persuading parents to send their children, both girls and boys, to schools.
Muslim Aid supported hundreds of malnourished children in the Lower Juba region, Kismayo and Jamame through therapeutic feeding centres and additional healthcare.