$300 Million Needed to Stop Human Catastrophe in East Africa

UNICEF Australia is asking for urgent funding to try to halt the growing crisis in East Africa, where over 2.3 million children are estimated to be acutely malnourished. A figure of close to $300 million is thought to be required to stop this potential catastrophe from worsening. The call for increased funding via the international community is growing, and the support of the Australian public is more important than ever.

UNICEF Australia Chief Executive, Norman Gillespie, said –

UNICEF requires urgent increased support to scale up life-saving interventions for children and women in the Horn of Africa. We need an urgent injection of funds so we can stem the flow of people who are being forced to migrate due to the shortages of water and food. If we can ensure people stop being forced to migrate we can stop this current crisis becoming a full blown human catastrophe. With over half a million severely malnourished children at risk of imminent death, access to food for these populations must be scaled up.

In the next two months alone, UNICEF will expand feeding in Somalia to 300,000 families, with the aim to reach up to to 510,000 over a six month period. Plus, with it’s ground force to cope with growing malnutrition and lack of water sanitation and hygiene, now is the time for the world to unite and stand up and be counted before it’s too late.

Dr Gillespie continued –

The acute food security and nutrition crisis requires an integrated nutrition, WASH, health and livelihood response for internally displaced, refugee and drought-affected populations. It is of paramount importance that we address the needs of the people affected and the livelihood systems upon which they depend for survival.

UNICEF provide aid to over 150 countries and are the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries. Their tireless work on the frontline at some of the globes biggest disaster zones is funded by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. If you would like to help provide funds to stop the human catastrophe in East Africa, please click on the link below to help today.

> > Click here to donate to East Africa appeal today

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