Across East Africa, 12.4 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian relief. The UN estimates that 390,000 children are at risk of starvation. Now, the World Health Organization is reporting a 660% increase in suspected measles cases in Somalia compared to last year. This has the potential to create another humanitarian crisis in the midst of the famine.
International Medical Corps' mission is to build self-reliance through training and capacity building -- and their work in East Africa is saving lives.
International Medical Corps is rapidly expanding operations and deploying additional emergency teams to provide critical nutrition, hygiene and health interventions to families from southern Somalia who are crossing into Kenya and Ethiopia. At some camps, one in four children under five are severely malnourished when they arrive.
Here is what International Medical Corps is doing right now on the ground in refugee camps and the communities hardest-hit by drought:
-- Screened more than 10,000 children in Somaliland for malnutrition
-- Trained Ministry of Health staff on community mobilization, nutrition screening, micronutrient supplementation, and vaccination and medical referrals
-- Delivered nutrition supplies, including ready-to-use foods and nutrition equipment to local health centers
-- Trained 20 community health workers, 12 community nutrition workers, and 12 health care providers
-- Screened more than 5,000 children and mothers at the Kobe refugee camp.
-- Constructed 136 latrines, with an additional 200 planned
-- Preparing feeding program for mothers and children between 6 months and 5 years-old in two additional camps
-- Preparing to launch operations in Kambioos, a newly-opened refugee camp, including a malnutrition treatment center and maternity ward.
-- Deepening current operations in Garissa, the Rift Valley, Isiolo, and Tana River – drought affected communities outside of the camps
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