WHO, UNICEF Seek to Save Lives During Africa’s Hunger Epidemic

WHO, UNICEF Seek to Save Lives During Africa’s Hunger Epidemic

In an effort to save lives during Horn of Africa’s current hunger crisis, workers from two top global health organizations in Kenya and Somalia will be administering vaccinations along the borders of the two nations, according to the World Health Organization.

Published July 18, 2011

In an effort to save lives during the Horn of Africa’s current hunger crisis, workers from two top global health organizations in Kenya and Somalia will be administering vaccinations along the borders of the two nations, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Starting next week – from July 25 through 29 – the UNICEF, WHO and the Ministry of Health of Kenya will begin the vaccination campaigns targeted at 215,000 children under the age of five. The lack of food, coupled with crowded refugee-camp life contribute to the heightened risk of disease – such cholera, typhoid fever, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections and measles— and death, the WHO said.

 

This first round will take place in the refugee camps in Dadaab as well as the districts of Fafi, Lagdera and the municipality Garissa. Future vaccinations are also scheduled to take place in Mogadishu as well.

 

The packages will include polio and measles vaccinations as well as vitamin A supplements and deworming tablets. 

 

The release also highlighted the funding woes of WHO, with the organization only receiving 22 percent of the money they need for Somalia, 5 percent of money needed for Djibouti and less than 2 percent of the funds needed for Kenya.

(Photo: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Written by Hortense M. Barber

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