World Vision International
publication • Monday, July 10th 2017

East Africa Hunger Crisis - Situation Report #7

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Number of Affected Expected to Grow:
Below-average seasonal rains and a fall armyworm invasion have raised concern about a likely increase in the number of people in need. Currently, 25.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. However, with low rainfalls and the destruction of crops due to fall armyworm, harvest are likely to be low and the number of people who are food insecure is expected to grow. 

More People Displaced: Continuing conflict and prolonged drought led to an increase in the number of people displaced. New statistics state that a total of 5.5 million people have been displaced – 3.9 million in South Sudan, 848,400 in Ethiopia, 739,000 in Somalia and 38,600 in the Kenyan counties of Isiolo and Baringo. 

Cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhea Outbreak: The number of people affected by waterborne diseases is growing, with more than 94,500 cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) and cholera reported across the countries this year. 

One in Three Children Malnourished: In parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia, the number of children under age 5 who are malnourished is as high as 30%. Nearly 850,000 children under age 5 have been identified as severely malnourished and are at risk of death without intervention. 

Ongoing Response Continues: World Vision is responding to conflict and drought. More than 1.5 million people have been assisted through programs that deliver food assistance, provide protection services, ensure communities have clean water, address child and maternal nutrition and meet other crucial needs.