Cholera / Acute Watery Diarrhea risk increases across Horn of Africa

Report
from World Vision
Published on 07 Jun 2017

A. KEY MESSAGES

  • Recent rains have increased the risk of cholera / acute watery diarrhea (AWD) spreading as people collect unsafe water

  • A cholera/AWD outbreak across the region has already affected more than 67,000 people

  • Children are at the biggest risk of contracting cholera/AWD as they have weaker immune systems

  • The hunger crisis further increases children’s risk of contracting cholera/AWD as lack of nutritious food further weakens children’s ability to fight diseases

B. FACTS & FIGURES

  • More than 67,000 people reported cholera/AWD symptoms – dealing with bouts of Acute Watery Diarrhea since January 2017

    • 33,631 in Ethiopia

    • 146 in Kenya*

    • 37,930 in Somalia

    • *from April-May 22 only

  • More than 1,400 deaths caused by Acute Watery Diarrhea

    • 769 in Ethiopia

    • 3 in Kenya*

    • 683 in Somalia

  • 21.7 million require clean drinking water along with sanitation and hygiene services

    • 9.1 million in Ethiopia

    • 3.0 million in Kenya

    • 4.5 million in Somalia

    • 5.1 million in South Sudan

  • More than 1 million children severely malnourished

    • 300,000 in Ethiopia

    • 343,000 in Kenya

    • 363,000 in Somalia

  • 440,100 people reached with World Vision’s clean drinking water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs during the East Africa Hunger Crisis Response

    • 75,400 in Ethiopia

    • 21,500 in Kenya

    • 175,700 in Somalia

    • 167,500 in South Sudan