Friday, July 15, 2011

Malnutrition crisis in East Africa

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): "As prolonged drought grips Somalia, people are losing their livestock, homes and lives. Poor harvests, rising food prices, continuing violence and chronic poverty have further contributed to a sudden rise in malnutrition rates. Almost one in three children is suffering from severe malnutrition with extremely low weight, signs of wasting and nutritional oedema. Until now the crisis has been underreported in the press, however malnutrition rates amongst Somalia’s children are now double the threshold for a full-scale emergency and the problem is worsening daily. The security situation in Somalia is complicated, but because we are an impartial medical organisation and rely on charitable donations instead of government funding, we continue to be the only medical charity working in many areas. There are hundreds of children and adults arriving at our clinics every day. Many of them need expert medical care for malnutrition, often whilst battling other severe conditions such as malaria and pneumonia."

To donate to MSF's Somalia Appeal, click here. To hear from frontline healthcare providers about current conditions in Somalia, click here. To visit MSF Somalia, click here.