Measles & cholera outbreak in Horn of Africa due to drought

Droughts have exhausted coping capacity in the Horn of Africa

There's been an outbreak of measles and cholera in the Horn of Africa and the World Health Organization is concerned that polio could be next.

The region, which includes Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia, has been experiencing severe drought.

A lack of clean water and sanitation is causing infectious diseases to spread.

WHO has been vaccinating children, but spokesman Tarik Jasarevic says 4.5 million people in the region need some form of assistance, with Ethopia particularly hard hit.

"WHO estimates that 2 million children under five are at risk of measles and already since the beginning of the year there were 5,000 cases reported of measles. More than 3 million children under five should be screened for malnutrition and given vitamin A supplements and the estimation is 8.8 million people living in the worst-hit areas were at risk of acute watery diarrhea."  Duration: 29″

Jasarevic adds the WHO has only received up to 22% of the funding requested so far and needs more.

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