Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
- Somalia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Somalia: Drought - 2015-2018
Maps & Infographics
This week, AMREF joined hands with Humedica and World Concern to deliver five tonnes of food supplements and medical supplies to Daadab in northern Kenya, which is host to half a million refugees, many of whom have moved here as a result of the ongoing drought. Humedica is an international emergency aid organistion based in Germany, while World Concern is an international relief agency working in Africa, Asia and the Americas. AMREF, Humedica and World Concern are all recipients of funding raised through Sternstunden’s Radio Day campaign for drought relief work in the Horn of Africa.
Wajir Background For as far as the eye can see, the area surrounding Wajir town is covered in a carpet of loose red soil, dotted with a stubble of hardy thorn trees and leafless bushes. July is the ‘winter’ season in this arid district of northern Kenya, and while the mornings are relatively cool, the temperature rises quickly and by mid-afternoon, it is 36 degrees centigrade and rising.
In response to the severe drought that is being experienced in the Horn Africa, AMREF has received over 1.2 million euro in the past week to meet immediate needs of the affected communities in the areas where we work. The money has been raised by AMREF in Germany, Austria and Italy. An impact assessment of AMREF programme areas in Kenya shows that activities have been disrupted as communities’ priorities shift towards the search for water and food.
Malaria and diarrhoea are increasing rapidly in southern Somalia following heavy rain and torrential floods, which have displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
Ceel Ade is one of the worst affected towns in the Gedo region. Floods have displaced several families, contaminated water sources and severely increased the risk of disease.
Despite the good and often heavy rains in April and May, millions of people are still suffering the effects of the drought in eastern Africa, especially the nomadic pastoralists in the north of Kenya.
At least 1.4 million people are facing a humanitarian emergency in southern and central Somalia and if sufficient food and water is not provided urgently, there is risk of an all out famine. The failure of both rainy seasons in 2005 has led to minimal harvests and acute lack of water and pasture. This, combined with ongoing civil strife for more than 15 years, has led to the worst food security situation the country has ever faced.
AMREF is responding to the worst food crisis in the east and horn of Africa for a decade by providing sustainable water solutions and distributing emergency food. 5.4 million people are facing extreme food shortages, lack of water, malnutrition, water-borne diseases and deaths of livestock. The worst affected areas are northern and eastern Kenya, southern Somalia and southern Ethiopia.
For a young doctor handed the challenge of running a major health project in the socially and politically divided countryside of Southern Somalia, there can be little more practical grounding than an upbringing in Maasailand.
The 37-year-old Dr Mores Loolpapit, AMREF HQs Programme Development Officer is excited to leave the safety of his AMREF Headquarters office in Nairobi, to a whole new world as the Deputy Director of the three-year EU funded Gedo Health Consortium project in Somalia. The six-million Euro funded project is an initiative of Trocaire and Cordaid (since 1992) and AMREF (since 1983) and has independently been supporting local communities in five districts in Northern Gedo Region, Somalia, in developing district health care.
AMREF's local medical staff in the town of Luuq, south-western Somalia, are continuing their lifesaving work despite recent fighting between local Islamic militias and invading forces from neighbouring Ethiopia.
The town of Luuq, in Somalia's western Gedo region, fell to a combined attack by forces of the Ethiopian Army and the Somali National Front (SNF), last month.
Although the attack necessitated the evacuation of AMREF's expatriate staff, local staff continued to provide medical services at Luuq Hospital.