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East Africa Children's Crisis - June 2019 Situation Report
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
- Humanitarian needs: An estimated 30 million people across East Africa region are in need of humanitarian assistance. Various crises like conflict, drought, floods, and disease outbreaks and rising cost of fuel and food prices have left them extremely vulnerable.
- Food security outlook: According to the Famine Early Warning System (FEWSNET), Although rainfall performance improved mid-May to early June, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse outcomes are expected due to the impact of drought conditions in the Horn of Africa and northeastern Uganda. Poor households have food consumption gaps resulting from constrained access to food and income sources, especially in the lowlands of Amhara and Oromia and Somali region of Ethiopia; eastern and northern pastoral and marginal agricultural areas of Kenya; northcentral pastoral and several agropastoral areas of Somalia; and Karamoja of Uganda. In Somalia, Emergency (IPC Phase 4) is likely in several areas of concern. Rising food prices, reduced livestock holdings, and below-average agricultural labor demand is eroding household income and purchasing power for market-dependent households, causing substantial deterioration in household food security.
- World Vision response: World Vision is responding to the needs of families in crises in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Large-scale, long-term lifesaving assistance is needed through 2019 to respond to the needs of populations affected by conflict, threatened by diseases and natural disasters like drought and floods. World Vision is providing education opportunities for school going children who are currently out of school, bringing clean water to populations that lack access, and improving access to sanitation facilities.