PQMD Members Responding to Famine in East Africa
Drought, failed rains, war, and conflict have left millions of people at risk in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Hundreds of thousands of children are acutely malnourished as a result, and 16 million people are facing the threat of severe hunger. In February, the United Nations made a formal famine declaration for South Sudan.
PQMD members are responding to the desperate situation, with action medeor, World Vision and International Medical Corps aiding in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Americares is working in both Somalia and Kenya, with MAP International focusing efforts on Somalia and Ethiopia. South Sudan has the largest PQMD member presence, with IMA World Health, Johnson & Johnson and CMMB as well as International Medical Corps, World Vision and action medeor providing aid in the country.
Across the region in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, PQMD partners are working to provide access to health care and respond to the growing crisis by providing materials and services including (but not limited to):
- Therapeutic food and nutrition
- Commodity procurement
- Agricultural tools and seeds
- Antimalarial drugs
- Situation assessment
- Nutrition screening and treatment
- Primary health care services and health facility support
- Prefabricated and mobile health clinics
- Financial support of existing partner efforts
- Cholera treatment centers
- Food security for women and children
- Literacy trainings
- Medical supplies to existing partners
- Water sanitation
- Hygiene services
“PQMD members recognize the growing concern of hunger and famine in East Africa. Their proactive response translates to invaluable financial, medical and nutritional supplies and services. Their commitment to addressing the needs of East Africa reflects the PQMD mission, and we commend them for their work,” says PQMD Executive Director Elizabeth Ashbourne.
For a list of PQMD members, and to learn how you can contribute to their efforts, please visit our membership page.