HPIC responds to Horn of Africa Drought Crisis

It is estimated that 13 million people have been affected by what is currently being called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The effects from a cycle of severe droughts in the Horn of Africa are being compounded by rains that are likely to worsen already grave health conditions in camps for the internally displaced.

In Somalia alone 750,000 people are expected to die over the next few months from malnutrition. 1.5 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance including 450,000 who are acutely malnourished, according to a UNICEF spokesperson.

Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) has been working with partners to provide critical emergency assistance for men, women and children who have been weakened by hunger and are crammed into refugee camps with no water, no sanitation and limited access to food.

* Through the Health + Hope Alliance, HPIC and International Health Partners UK partnered to supply 50 Physician Travel Packs (PTPs) to Women And Health Alliance (WAHA) International. The shipment contained in-date, high quality essential medicines for up to 30,000 treatments, and will be used to deliver urgently needed health care for people living in camps in Mogadishu, the largest city in Somalia. A special emphasis will be placed on the needs of women and children.

* Along with eight PTPs already provided to Human Concern International, HPIC is preparing to ship a 20-foot container including disinfectants, vitamins, dermal creams and antacids for the NGO’s health mission in Somalia. The shipment will be used to provide health care to internally displaced people in Galkayo and Mogadishu.

* HPIC provided three PTPs to a Canadian emergency response team for outreach clinics in rural Northeast Kenya. The clinics were set up to provide health care for the refugees who could not make it into the camps.

As the numbers of affected populations continue to rise, HPIC will continue its efforts to get medical supplies and medicines to the people in need during this ongoing crisis.