The European Commission is mobilizing a further $56 Million USD in emergency humanitarian funding to help people in the Horn of Africa, where prolonged drought is having devastating consequences on food availability and livelihoods.
The additional funding brings total EU humanitarian aid to the region to $411 Million USD since 2018.
A spell of drought, following two poor rain seasons in a row, has put almost 13 million people in need of emergency food assistance across the region. Over 4 million children are estimated to be acutely malnourished, in addition to around 3 million malnourished pregnant and breastfeeding women.
“The EU is stepping up its support for the people affected by a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa. During my several visits to countries in the region, I have seen first hand how much climate extremes are affecting this part of Africa. Our funding will help extend humanitarian assistance in the affected areas, helping communities ward off the risk of famine,” Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management said August 7.
Funding from this aid package will support drought-affected communities in Somalia ($28 Million USD), Ethiopia ($22 Million USD), Kenya ($3.4 Million USD) and Uganda ($2.2 Million USD), directed towards:
- emergency food assistance and assistance to address immediate food needs;
- the provision of basic health services and the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in children under five years of age, and in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers;
- improving water access for both human and livestock consumption; and
- protecting households' livelihoods.
In addition, EU aid will contribute to assisting humanitarian agencies in the region to pre-emptively scale up their actions in the hardest hit areas.