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Famine has now been declared in parts of South Sudan and the UN has warned that Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen are also on the brink of catastrophe. Drought and brutal conflict have left 1.4 million children at imminent risk of starvation across Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria and South Sudan. Save the Children is warning the situation could be worse than the 2011 famine that claimed 260,000 lives.
How You Can Help
Save the Children is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian organization. We have nearly 100 years' experience responding to children and their families during and after crisis. We are exceptional among aid agencies because we provide comprehensive emergency preparedness, relief and recovery programs that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of children and their families.
How We Are Helping
We Know How to Help Hunger in Africa
No Child Should be Hungry in Africa
Don’t let all the potential of Africa’s girls and boys go to waste. Just because they were born into hunger and poverty, doesn’t mean they can’t have a bright future. Together, we can empower African families to fight hunger and end poverty for this generation and beyond. When you donate money to Africa programs that fight hunger, you support our lifesaving work. Thank you for your generous support.
Where We Are Working
Save the Children is on the ground in each of the countries experiencing grave hunger emergencies. Our priority is to reach children under age 5, who are at risk of surviving severe malnutrition and are more susceptible to diseases such as measles, malaria and cholera.
Save the Children worked in South Sudan for years prior to its independence. We address children's needs in food, nutrition, health and education and seek to protect them from harm.
We are providing some of the hardest-hit communities with food, clean water, health and nutrition services and vouchers for families to purchase vital supplies.
Our teams have screened over 40,000 children for malnutrition and have provided over 12,000 girls and boys with life-saving treatment for severe malnutrition.
We currently support 74 health facilities and operate 10 mobile health and nutrition teams in all areas of the country. We identify and treat moderately and severely malnourished children.
Our rapid response health teams are already in Uganda, where we provide health care to exhausted and weakened refugees arriving from South Sudan daily.
We are screening children for malnutrition, and to date have reached over 19,000 children under age 5 and over 10,000 pregnant women.
With many families affected by the drought, we have deployed mobile health teams to treat children suffering malnutrition. We have also rolled out measures to enroll pregnant women in supplementary feeding programs.