Addis Ababa August 03/2017 United States announced today more than 169 million USD in humanitarian assistance to support those experiencing the effects of prolonged severe drought in Ethiopia and Kenya.
This additional funding, including nearly 137 million USD in Ethiopia and nearly 33 million USD in Kenya, brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution in Ethiopia and Kenya to more than 458 million USD in Fiscal Year 2017, according to a USAID press release.
With this new funding, the United States is scaling up emergency food assistance, while providing specialized nutrition supplies to treat malnourished children, and also furnishing safe drinking water and essential health services, the press release added.
An estimated 7.8 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance throughout Ethiopia, where the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) signals that, without immediate and sustained assistance, food insecurity could reach catastrophic levels for some families in the worst-affected areas.
In addition to Kenyans affected by the drought, the United States is also providing support for refugees in Kenya who have fled drought and conflict in their own countries.
Besides severe hunger, acute watery diarrhea is spreading in drought-affected regions, which presents a deadly triple threat of hunger, malnutrition, and dehydration, in addition to the displacement of affected populations, the press release stressed.
Humanitarian needs are also growing in Kenya, where an estimated 2.6 million people are acutely food-insecure, and malnutrition is on the rise as drought conditions persist.