Currently more than 10 million people in the eastern Horn of Africa require emergency assistance due to prolonged drought conditions, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This is the worst drought seen in Eastern Africa in over half a century affecting Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Dijibouti and Uganda.
With increasing food prices, conflict and limited humanitarian access the current situation is dire. Food insecurity, water shortages and acute malnutrition rates have reached a new peak and are currently the highest in the world, according to the Red Cross. Urgent lifesaving actions are needed to prevent the deaths of an estimated two million malnourished children. There are reports of large numbers of livestock dying and an increased threat of diseases such as measles and acute watery diarrhea spreading across the region.
The situation has resulted in mass migration of internally displaced people and refugees into makeshift camps spread across the region, overwhelming the humanitarian response. Dadaab in Kenya is the largest refugee camp in the world. It was built for 90,000 people but current population totals are estimated at around 400,000.
GlobalMedic is working with international partners to form a response to the situation that will include to provision of clean drinking water for individuals and families, as well as the possibility of inflatable field shelters which will act as infrastructure for feeding centres.