Thursday, August 25, 2011

Opened four programs to combat famine in Somalia

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today announced that, given the rapid increase in the number of mothers and malnourished children in southern Somalia, has launched four new outpatient therapeutic feeding clinics regions Gedo and Bakool. "About 20 percent of Somalis suffer from acute malnutrition, which is really worrying," said the president of the Somali Red Crescent, Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, in a statement released in Geneva.

In this situation, Hassan said it is "fundamental" to expand these services across the country to save from the widest possible malnutrition of children under five and lactating women. With the launch of four new programs, feeding centers of the Somali Red Crescent now cover the whole country, including areas hardest hit by malnutrition.

In Afgoye in Banadir region, six outpatient therapeutic feeding programs will be operational soon further to strengthen services in the area, reported from ICRC. In isolated places, thirteen teams of mobile health and nutrition are treating patients who can not travel to a clinic. In addition, a new program which complements the usual therapeutic feeding will benefit some 49 000 malnourished children and nursing mothers and 24 000 pregnant women.

According to information released by the ICRC, between March and July the number of people admitted to therapeutic feeding centers of the Somali Red Crescent doubled, so we had to hire additional staff to cope with the influx of patients. In recent months, since declaring a state of famine in the region, the organization has distributed food rations to 162 000 people across southern and central Somalia.

In addition to delivering therapeutic feeding, the ICRC helps people to grow their own food by providing seeds, tools and training.

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