Djibouti Receives UNICEF Support to Drought-Affected Areas

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Djibouti, Jul 30 –The government of Djibouti, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is carrying out a campaign to provide humanitarian aid to nearly 225,000 people affected by the drought.
The aid program also includes campaigns to improve sanitation in the settlements, as well as the distribution of supplies (antibiotics, oral rehydration salts and zinc).

According to the La Nation newspaper, these activities have already benefited 5,854 children to address the growing number of pneumonia and diarrhea cases associated with the deterioration of community health services.

This nation has 992,637 inhabitants, including 27,431 refugees (UN database, updated last June).

One of the main causes of citizens’ humanitarian needs is the chronic drought which affects almost 200,000 people, including 20,000 children under the age of 5.

The impact is worsened by pressures on basic social services, already overburdened by asylum-seekers (from Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia and recently Yemen) and migrants in transit on their way to the Gulf countries.

According to reports, the prolonged scarcity of rainfall contributes to a high prevalence of acute malnutrition, diarrhoeal and other infectious diseases.

Presna Latina

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