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Horn of Africa One Year on Report: Helping children and their families survive the gripping impact of the drought in 2017

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The Horn of Africa has been grappling with the effects of consecutive failed rains across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia that led to 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance at the start of 2017.

Children bore the brunt of the crisis as their families struggled to survive in a worsening situation that resulted in malnutrition, increased susceptibility to diseases, limited access to school and exposure to protection concerns as families would migrate in search of food and water.

Save the Children’s response over the past year has reached over four million people with an integrated response in health and nutrition, food security and livelihoods (FSL), water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection and education. We have expanded our operations and worked to ensure that children in some of the worst affected areas received humanitarian support.

Humanitarian funding and assistance has enabled millions of people to survive the harmful effects of the drought and has helped avert famine in many areas across the region. Save the Children’s Horn of Africa drought response budget for 2017 was $256 million, of which we managed to raise $224 million.

This report is intended by way of gratitude to our donors, partners and governments that have supported us as we sought to meet the needs of children and their families. We acknowledge that only with your invaluable support could we have achieved so much.

You helped us provide lifesaving food and nutritional support to millions of people who were adversely affected by lack of food and water, support pastoralists survive the deadly impact of the drought that depleted their animal stocks, and provide safe environments for children to learn, play and receive psychosocial support.

You have also helped us strengthen the capacity of health institutions to deliver services by training their health and nutrition staff and work alongside community leaders to address the challenges brought on by the drought.

Children are not yet out of danger. They will need additional support, along with their families, in 2018 to help them survive the ongoing impact of the drought. We continue to work alongside partners, governments and local organisations to support the immediate needs of those affected by drought and will work to support longer term recovery development programmes to ensure children live in a world where they can survive, learn and be protected.

Alan Paul, Regional Emergencies Director David Wright, Regional Director-East & Southern Africa