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Conflict, drought push "unprecedented" 81 million into food aid - study

Prolonged conflicts and droughts have left an unprecedented 81 million people needing food aid in 2017, a specialist U.S.-based agency said, revising up its earlier estimates. People in 45 countries are unable to feed themselves, said the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), which issues alarms about food shortages to the U.S. government. "Additional contributions to emergency appeals, particularly in these four countries, are urgently needed to prevent large-scale loss of life," FEWS NET said

June 21, 2017

Record hunger in Horn of Africa pushes development banks to step in

In an unprecedented move, the World Bank is giving $50 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to distribute emergency food, water and cash in Somalia. The African Development Bank (ADB) has also announced $1.1 billion to combat drought in six countries, mostly in the Horn of Africa. In a "Grand Bargain", struck at last year`s World Humanitarian Summit, donors promised to make their funding more flexible to respond to growing humanitarian crises globally

June 13, 2017

Ethiopia, humanitarian groups say food aid for 7.8 mln to run out

Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid for nearly 8 million people hit by severe drought by the end of this month, the government and humanitarian groups said. In Ethiopia, the number of people now critically short of food is expected to rise by at least two million by next month, according to figures compiled by the government and its humanitarian partners

June 10, 2017
Trust.org, ITV

Funding shortfall hits starving in northeast Nigeria

Lack of funding is forcing aid agencies to cut feeding for starving people in northeast Nigeria, the UN said, warning of growing pressure in resources as refugees return. The World Food Programme said nearly two million people were living on the brink of famine in this remote region, which has been devastated by Boko Haram violence since 2009. According to OCHA, 5.2m people could need life-saving food aid in three northeast states from June to August

May 26, 2017
Guardian Nigeria
May 25, 2017

Violence in central Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to deadly malnutrition - UN

Spiralling violence in the central Democratic Republic of the Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centres, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening malnutrition, UNICEF said. An insurrection in the Greater Kasai region has left hundreds dead and uprooted more than 1m people since last July, the UN warned of a dramatically deteriorating situation

May 24, 2017

Hunger to hit emergency levels in Ethiopia despite rains

Hunger is likely to reach emergency levels in Ethiopia and the number in need of food aid will rise further, experts said, as drought has decimated livestock, rains have been erratic and aid is in short supply. The number of Ethiopians needing food aid will rise beyond the current 7.7m, with hunger reaching the fourth ‘emergency level’ on a five-phase scale, where the fifth level is famine

May 24, 2017

Nigeria's hungriest face starvation as aid funds dry up in northeast - UN

The United Nations and aid agencies are warning that northeast Nigeria is on the brink of famine after two years of missed harvests, with a third missed year very likely. Aid agencies also say they need aid funds to help. The WFP indicated that these hungry people could miss out on food aid next month, because it is running out of money to feed them. The regional director says it needs another $250m to prevent famine in the coming months and to feed 4.7m people, which the WFP worries could rise even as high as 5.2m by August

May 23, 2017

1 million children refugees from South Sudan's civil war

More than 1m children have fled South Sudan’s civil war, two UN agencies said on Monday, part of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Roughly 62% of refugees from South Sudan are children, according to the UN, and more than 75,000 are alone or without families, about 1.8m have fled South Sudan in total

May 8, 2017

'A child dies every two minutes' Emeli Sande makes charity plea

Singer Emeli Sande made a charity plea, after visiting a malaria-stricken Ugandan hospital for Comic Relief. UK TV presenter, Davina McCall, also visited a malaria hospital in Tanzania and followed suit

March 4, 2017
Daily Record
March 2, 2017
Irish Mirror

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Cholera kills one Yemeni every hour in a war the world ignores

The UN calls Yemen the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world, saying 7m people are now a step away from famine. There is not much reporting of this urgent story because Saudi Arabia makes it extremely difficult for journalists to enter the country. Riyadh controls the airspace, determining who comes and goes in Yemen. A senior UN official said the Saudis were blocking journalists to make sure only their version of the story emerged. “They don’t want it said that they are inflicting suffering on their fellow Arabs,” he said

July 30, 2017
The Times

U.N. slams warring parties in Yemen for fueling cholera outbreak

Top UN officials slammed the warring parties in Yemen and their international allies for fuelling an unprecedented deadly cholera outbreak, driving millions closer to famine and hindering humanitarian aid access. "Seven million people, including 2.3 million malnourished children - of whom 500,000 are severely malnourished under the age of five - are on the cusp of famine, vulnerable to disease and ultimately at risk of a slow and painful death," UN experts said

July 12, 2017

Cholera may accelerate famine in Yemen as resources shift: U.N.

Yemen`s growing cholera epidemic may accelerate looming famine, as limited resources are shifted away from malnutrition and other programs to try to contain the disease, the top U.N. aid official in the country said. The United Nations has received only a third of the $2.1 billion it sought to provide food to 12 million people facing famine in Yemen. Its $250 million funding appeal to combat cholera has yielded just $47 million. "As a result of that, organizations who are in areas where cholera has broken out have had to use resources that they would have otherwise programmed for something like food insecurity or malnutrition,” the UN added

July 11, 2017

Red Cross official warns of cholera, famine risks in East Africa, Yemen

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned United Nation member states that outbreaks of cholera are compounding famine risk in East Africa and Yemen. According to IFRC figures, Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan are now grappling with escalating cholera outbreaks that have infected more than 220,000 people and killed nearly 2,100 people since the beginning of 2017. In Yemen alone, more than 166,000 cases have been reported since the end of April, a figure that is climbing by an average of 6,000 cases every day, IFRC said. In Somalia, there have been more than 51,000 cholera cases and nearly 5,000 in South Sudan

June 26, 2017

Humanitarian crisis in Somalia, fuelled by cholera outbreak

International aid agencies are trying to stem a burgeoning humanitarian crisis in Somalia, as a cholera and measles epidemic compounds near famine conditions there. The Australian Red Cross says there have already been 50,000 cases of cholera since last year in Somalia, but it is continuing to spread quickly, including across the border into Ethiopia. The Red Cross expects another 20,000 to 30,000 cases over the next few weeks

May 1, 2017

Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

Caritas said there has been a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in south central Somalia, most of whom are fleeing drought. This has led to high levels of hunger in the area and the assistance available is not enough to keep up with need. So doctors are facing high levels of malnutrition, which is then compounded by reduced access to water, adding indirectly to malnutrition by increasing the risk of infection, especially acute watery diarrhoea and cholera

April 28, 2017

Cholera spreads in famine-threatened Somalia

Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. Johan Heffinck, the Somalia head of EU Humanitarian Aid said the country has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from around 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5,000 in a normal year. If the rains fail the country will tip into famine. Somalia’s last famine in 2011 killed more than 260,000 people

March 31, 2017

World facing gravest humanitarian crisis since 1945

The Financial Times reported on the UN announcement that the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War, with 20m people facing starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria

March 11, 2017
Financial Times, ABC.net
March 10, 2017
Voice of America, AlJazeera

Hungry Somalian families face agonising choice: which child to feed

Reuters Africa reports that hungry Somali families are facing agonising choices as drought kills off their livestock and leaves the country facing a likely famine – this choice is ‘which child to feed.’ Al Jazeera is reporting that WHO are saying there are only two months left to prevent Somalia’s third famine in 25 years. The last one, six years ago, killed more than 250,000 people. Cases of diarrhoea, cholera and measles are already spreading fast because of the severe drought  

March 7, 2017
Reuters, AlJazeera, The Guardian, Daily Times

Non communicable diseases

Early-life exposure to famine increases risk of dyslipidemia in women, but not men

Exposure to severe famine as a foetus, or as an infant, significantly increases the chance of having dyslipidemia in adulthood, according to research published in the journal BMC Public Health. Analysis of the prevalence of dyslipidemia in 2,752 people who were exposed to the Chinese famine between 1959 and 1961, revealed that those who were in utero, or an infant during this period, were over 50% more likely to have dyslipidemia in adulthood. Taking gender into account, this association remained true for women, but not for men

June 13, 2017

More than 100 million at risk of starvation globally - U.N. official

The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100m and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a UN official told Reuters Africa

March 4, 2017

Somalia says 110 dead in last 48 hours due to drought

Some 100 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhea resulting from drought, as the area braces itself for a widespread shortage of food

March 4, 2017

Health systems

WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia

WHO commended the government of the UK for its hosting of an international conference on Somalia but it also sounded an alarm that there is a huge crisis due to the destruction of crops due to drought, famine, disease and health insecurity due to cholera outbreaks. It called on the international community to raise money to urgently overcome the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia before crisis turns into a

May 11, 2017
World Health Organization

Südsudan vor dem Kollaps

Fears on the ground are growing that any form of legitimate governmental authority is starting to break down. Kate Almquist, director of the Washington African Center for Strategic Studies, and her colleague, former coordinator of the UN expert panel for South Sudan, Payton Knopf, see the situation as critical, and are floating the idea of placing South Sudan under an international administration as quickly as possible. They fear that the actions of the predatory elite in South Sudan will end up with half the population either dead or fleeing abroad if action is not taken soon

May 3, 2017
Frankfurter Rundschau

Communicable diseases

Charity warns S.Sudan 'man-made' famine could kill 6 million

The famine ravaging South Sudan and its neighbours could claim six million lives, a charity warned, as the international community struggles to raise the $4.4bn needed to avert a full-blown disaster. Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa said the chaotic international response to the situation was threatening the lives of millions

May 5, 2017
New Vision

Exclusive: With Nigeria's northeast facing famine, WFP funds could dry up in weeks – sources

Reuters reported that the UN World Food Programme could run out of funding to feed millions living on the brink of famine in Nigeria, thereby intensifying one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. With the money they have now WFP can only last until May 18th, a source told Reuters, although the WFP said it was reasonably certain it had funds to stretch to the end of June

April 14, 2017
March 17, 2017
Daily Star

108 million people in the world face severe food insecurity: World Food Programme report

A report by the World Food Programme states that around 108 million people in the world were severely facing food insecurity in 2016. Notably, this figure has risen from 80 million in 2015 which indicates the situation is worsening. The WFP report lists 18 countries in which it projects the prevailing Food Security crisis Phase 3. Yemen tops the list with 14.1m people, about half the population facing severe food insecurity. Ethiopia and Afghanistan came in second and third with 9.7m and 8.5m facing food insecurity respectively

April 3, 2017
India, Trade Arabia, Yahoo India, global agriculture

“What we have seen is hard to believe:” A blog from aid worker in Baidoa, Somalia

International Medical Corps expert explains what he saw when he was part of a fact finding missions to Baidoa in Somalia, in a team to assess the situation and plan for the best way to help the IDPs who have been forced to leave their homes because of drought and hunger

March 31, 2017

Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just 1 Famine, but 4

The New York Times speaks about ‘another famine tightening its grip on Somalia, but, there also being a real danger that four famines could occur at almost the same time in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen which will endanger more than 20m lives. Finding enough food is only a part of the solution, so water, sanitation, water treatment tablets and hygiene are becoming critical to prevent the large-scale outbreaks of disease from turning from serious to catastrophic in just a small space of time

March 27, 2017
New York Times
March 25, 2017
Asharq Al-Awsat
March 23, 2017
Pulse Nigeria, LA Times

Somalia's new president declares drought emergency

Somali’s new president has declared a drought emergency as emaciated people start to stream in to Mogadishu. The UN is estimating that half of the 10m Somali population may need assistance

February 28, 2017
Deutsche Welle, The Times of Africa
February 27, 2017
Le Monde