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Eastern Africa Drought 2011: Work Report 1

Background
The failure of rainy season in October to December 2010 has brought severe drought to the Horn of Africa, affected Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, etc. Poor harvest and loss of livestock are a direct result of the disaster, and the situation is exacerbated by high food price and armed conflict.

The poor rainfall has affected the livelihood in the southern parts of Somalia the most, where access to food continues to deteriorate. Thousands of families in desperate need of food and water have trekked for days from Somalia to the refugee camp in the territory of Kenya. As of June 2011, it is estimated that a total of 2.5 million people, over 30% of the total population of Somalia, was in need for urgent humanitarian assistance.

International Red Cross Action
The International Red Cross is currently working closely with the Somalia Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in providing humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the central south of Somalia.

The work has been done during the first quarter of 2011 are as follows:

  • 14 SRCS mobile health teams in the drought affected areas have already provided health services 17,889 patients
  • 30 existing SRCS static clinics also expanded their services in terms of scope and capacity in distribution of food rations and nutrition to pregnant women and children under five years old; which a total of 63,925 people have been serviced.
  • Non-food items comprising of tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen set and hygiene kits were distributed to 1,900 drought-displaced households in Somaliland and Puntland.
  • Water and sanitation programs in Somaliland and Puntland including improved borehole access were accessed by 150,000 people.

Hong Kong Red Cross Action
The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) has mobilized HK$5 million in support of the International Red Cross to procure non-food items, including 10,000 kitchen sets, 10,000 sleeping mats, 10,000 tarpaulins and 21,000 blankets, as well as to deliver medical services to the IDPs in Somalia, enabling the displaced population to receive preventive and curative health care.

General Enquiries
Please dial 2802-0016, fax to 2802-0017 or email to relief@redcross.org.hk