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06 Jul 2012 description
report Merlin

London, 9 July 2012 – One year ago, parts of East Africa recorded the worst rainfall for 60 years leaving more than 13 million people in the grip of a devastating drought.

Thanks to the dedication of its health workers and generous donations from supporters global health charity Merlin raised nearly three quarters of a million pounds, distributed 7,500 tons of food to Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia and saved the lives of thousands of people.

In Kenya, Merlin is working in the arid Turkana region, where the pastoralist population rely on seasonal rains for their survival.

05 Jul 2011 description
report Merlin

As part of its Global Food Crisis appeal, Merlin is massively scaling up its work in some of the worst affected areas in the world - Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Having worked in east Africa for more than a decade, Merlin’s medical experts are already in place where they are needed most, which means that Merlin can respond immediately to the situation on the ground.

Merlin is training and recruiting more health care workers, extending its existing health care services and making sure that local hospitals are open 24/7 to deal with the most complex cases.

16 Oct 2009 description
report Merlin

To mark World Food Day, Merlin is calling on the international community to step up support to help the drought-affected communities in the region weather the crisis.

An extended drought, failing crops and the escalating need for food support in East Africa has tipped the delicate balance of food security in the region, putting millions of people at greater risk of malnutrition and disease. Currently at eight million, the number of people in need of food support is expected to reach 12 million.

Clean water sources are also steadily diminishing allowing diseases to gain ground.

24 Jul 2008 description
report Merlin

Currently across the globe 800 million people are going hungry each year, with 3.5 million children under five dying as a result of malnutrition. This figure is set to rise as the factors at the root of this crisis show no signs of diminishing.

The increasing occurrence of drought due to climate change, a growth in the production of bio-fuels combined with unprecedented energy prices affecting trade, has led to a huge escalation in the price of food. Certain commodities such as wheat, maize and oils have doubled in price since 2005.