UNICEF has airlifted five metric tons of emergency nutrition supplies and water-related equipment to Baidoa in southern Somalia, as part of its work to assist drought-affected children in the country. 

Children in several countries in East Africa - including Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia - are facing a desperate crisis caused by prolonged drought, soaring food prices and ongoing conflict in Somalia.

UNICEF urgently needs £20.1 million ($31.8 million) for the next three months to rapidly scale-up our life-saving efforts and avoid a descent into famine-like conditions.

“We are ready to work anywhere in Somalia, provided we get unhindered access to reach the most vulnerable children in need," said Rozanne Chorlton, the UNICEF Representative to Somalia,.

Further health supplies - enough to treat up to 100,000 people for three months - are en-route to Somalia today. The new supplies will be able to treat common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and worm infestation. 

UNICEF urgently requires funds to reach malnourished children in East Africa. Please donate now.

 
Children and adults queueing at the Dadaab refugee camp near the Kenya-Somalia border.   © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1012/Gangale
Children and adults queueing at the Dadaab refugee camp near the Kenya-Somalia border. © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1012/Gangale