The third consecutive failed rainy season has seriously eroded families' resilience, and urgent and effective livelihood support is required. The most affected areas are in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
An MSF outreach team screening for malnutrition in the Somalia region last year
“The numbers of young children with severe acute malnutrition in Doolo zone are the highest ever seen in this area by our teams in the 10 years we have worked in the region,” says Saskia van der Kam, MSF nutritional advisor.
Governments, donors and the international community must commit to respond earlier to the warning signs of future crises before they escalate. Early action saves lives, reduces suffering and is more cost-effective.
Nomadic herders, the hardiest of survivors, have been pushed to the brink. The lucky ones receive supplies of food and brackish water, but the majority, living in remote spontaneous camps, must look after themselves.