NAIROBI, A number of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Kenya say nearly 73,000 children in the country are severely malnourished and at risk of dying from drought-related hunger unless urgent aid is made available immediately.
This follows joint nutrition assessments conducted by the country’s regional Health Department and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) as well as nine aid organizations working on the ground. Kenya is among countries in the Horn of Africa sub-region which are affected by severe food shortages following a prolonged drought.
Now, the aid agencies are warning that the drought has left tens of thousands of children and families, including the most vulnerable children under the age of five as well as pregnant and breast-feeding mothers in a life-threatening situation, a situation which is likely to worsen as the country enters the lean and short rains season.
The survey also reveals that nearly 40,000 pregnant and nursing women across Kenya are malnourished, am increase of 20 per cent from 2016.
The organizations have also called on the international community to make more funds available to support the Kenyan government and aid agencies working on the ground to end the suffering of tens of thousands of vulnerable women and children.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK