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15 Mar 2017 description
report Plan International

Twenty-million people, including millions of children, across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are in urgent need of food as the East Africa food crisis worsens.

We are calling on the international community to take immediate and urgent action to help the millions of girls and boys at risk of starvation in East Africa in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.

14 May 2016 description
report Plan International

Director of Programmes, Plan International Headquarters

Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño-caused droughts but long-term needs remain, blogs Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.

Rainfall is long overdue in Ethiopia.

Travelling to Lalibella in the Amhara Region, the land is bone dry and the region is in the midst of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.


11 May 2016 description
report Plan International


This edition of OPENPlan marks the first issue of Volume 2, and the first for 2016. We have sought to bring you as varied research studies as possible in order to give you a sampling of some of the interesting studies being undertaken across Plan International.

26 Nov 2015 description
report Plan International

Plan International is responding to the needs of children as the impacts of the weather phenomenon El Niño worsen. In the Horn of Africa, where the impact is severe, it’s not just food that’s running out - it’s time.

Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda, are expected to be worst affected, leaving children at risk of death, malnutrition, trauma and emotional distress.

13 May 2014 description

Violence begets violence, a vicious cycle that perpetuates poverty, illiteracy, disability and early death.

Child victims of violence are more likely to become perpetuators of violence as adults, and often develop personality or behavioural problems, lower learning capabilities, lower levels of social development and increased use of unhealthy coping mechanisms. High levels of child violence prevent children from being able to “develop their personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to the fullest potential,” (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child).

26 Sep 2012 description
report Plan International


In July 2011 the Horn of Africa region was affected by one of the worst droughts in decades with an estimated 12.4 million people reported to be in urgent need of food. Plan International (Plan) mobilised its teams in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan to respond to the drought in the three countries where it is involved in long-term development work.

24 Sep 2011 description

Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.

But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.

05 Sep 2011 description
report Plan International

In drought hit Kenya Plan is running emergency food programmes for families who are struggling to survive. Country Director John Morris reports from his recent visit to one of the poorest districts, South Kitui.

Springs have dried up

For the first time in living memory, Kibwezi river is completely dry. Over the river, the crops have failed, dry red earth is interspersed with the occasional baobab and acacia tree.

Normally there are many springs in the area but this year they have dried up so people – usually girls – have to walk up to 20km each way to get water.

10 Aug 2011 description
report Plan International

10 August 2011: A dwindling pool of rotten smelling water is all that is left of the massive reservoir that supported 34,000 people in drought-hit Nyango in Kenya.

Children come running down its slopes, shouting and laughing as they fill their buckets with filthy water for their families to drink.

03 Aug 2011 description
report Plan International

3 August 2011: Child malnutrition rates are rising in Ethiopia’s cities as severe drought in rural areas continues to push up food prices leaving poor families struggling to survive.

Meaza Molla, a nutrition programme coordinator at a Plan-supported feeding centre in the capital, Addis Ababa, has seen more and more children and mothers needing food aid.

01 Aug 2011 description
report Plan International

1 August 2011: Plan has started delivering food to schools in Kenya’s drought-hit district of Machakos as part of its emergency school feeding programme which will reach 150,000 children across the country.

For pupils in Liani community, the maize, beans and oil dispatched are the first aid supplies they have received since the drought crisis hit.

Hunger pains

Liani Primary School’s deputy headmaster, Onesmus Malombe, hopes that the food will help stem the tide of school drop-outs.

29 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

Living with hunger is sadly not a new experience for many children and families in Kenya but the brutal drought in East Africa is affecting every aspect of their lives. Plan staff delivering food, water and assistance to health centers and schools report how people are trying to cope:

Without enough food and water, normal life is beginning to crumble for many Kenyans. Families are struggling to hold themselves together as the drought forces them further apart in a search for food and water.

29 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

Plan is continuing to provide life-saving aid to children and families in East Africa, where severe drought has put more than 11.6 million people at risk of starvation. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our emergency operations are now helping over 1.4 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

22 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

Plan's response has so far reached a half million people

A humanitarian crisis affecting some 10 million people is unfolding in eastern and southern parts of the Horn of Africa. Failed rains, local and global price increases for food and fuel, underdevelopment and conflict in Somalia have combined to create a threatening situation affecting access to the most basic levels of food and water.

21 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

Plan is launching a $15 million aid operation for families in Kenya affected by the East Africa drought. Plan’s emergency teams will distribute food and water to almost a quarter of a million children and expectant mothers in 6 districts.

Emergency assessments have found that more than 27,400 sponsored children are affected by the crisis, which is around 38% of total sponsored children in Kenya. Latest assessments have found the situation to be worse than previously believed.

19 May 2011 description
report Plan International

Around 33 million people in the world are currently living with HIV and AIDS, and each year 2.7 million more become infected – including an estimated 370,000 children.

10 Mar 2011 description
report Plan International

Posted by Plan CEO Nigel Chapman

10 March 2011: On my recent visit to Kenya I had the opportunity to meet the amazing team who run the Gender Violence Recovery Centre* (GVRC) based in the Nairobi Women's Hospital. GVRC is our partner and run by a former Plan programme unit manager, Wangechi Grace.

As awareness of violence and abuse has spread, and the level of reporting has risen, more and more individuals are beating a path to the hospital for treatment.

Brutal attacks

The centre has been going for 10 years and has received some 13,000 survivors of sexual and domestic …