Posted by: africanpressorganization | 11 July 2011

Cooperation: Kenya – new help in response to the drought



Cooperation: Kenya – new help in response to the drought


ROME, Italy, July 11, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Horn of Africa has been struck by most serious drought in recent decades and the food shortages have created a state of emergency in various regions of north and north-east Kenya. The Directorate General for Development Cooperation has responded to these emergencies by granting the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) 300,000 euros for the “Kenya Drought” emergency appeal.

The Italian funding will provide assistance for around 855,000 people for six months in the worst-hit arid and semi-arid districts in north and north-east Kenya: Wajir, Ijara, Garissa, Marsabit, Mandera, Moyale, East Pokot, Tana River, Kwale and Lamu. The help will take the form of drinking water and improvements to wells, food rations and targeted nutrition programmes for children with acute malnutrition and for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

The programme put in place by the Kenyan Red Cross in coordination with the Government and donors also envisages campaigns to promote hygiene, especially in the most remote areas, and information campaigns to prevent the spread of disease. Initiatives to save livestock, including de-stocking and cash transfers to 2000 or so of the most needy families are also envisaged. The plan also includes the distribution of supplementary food rations to around 20,000 schoolchildren for 6 months. The aim here is to prevent children from dropping out of school in the above-mentioned districts.



Italy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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