East Africa Hunger Crisis Response Regional Summary #14

Report 14

A woman standing by her 'house' at an IDP Camp in Pibor, South Sudan
Paper publication date: 
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  • New WHO study finds that 43 000 “excess deaths” may have occurred in 2022 due to the drought in Somalia. 
  • The Ethiopia Humanitarian Response Plan for 2023 (HRP) was launched on 28 February 2023. The HRP requires US$3.99 billion to target more than 20 million people nationwide.  
  • Under this HRP, an estimated 13 million people are targeted for humanitarian response in drought-affected areas. The situation is getting more critical with each failed rainy season. It has severely impacted pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities, particularly in the eastern and southern parts of the country, aggravating food insecurity, malnutrition, access to water and a worsening health situation with an increase of disease outbreaks.  
  • Worth noting is that some parts of Ethiopia are critically affected by both drought and conflict simultaneously, including Oromia and Somali regions.  
  • UNOCHA also published a review of the Drought Response in Kenya in 2022. The short review document confirms that 1.7 million people out of the 4.5 million in need were reached by 93 humanitarian organisations. The review confirms that the response was massively underfunded, with less than 56 per cent of the amount required under the Flash Appeal in 2022 having been received by the end of December (US$188 million out of $359 million), 
  • The 2023 HRPs for Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan and Drought Response Plan for Kenya now require USD 8.75 Billion. Up to 20 March 2023, only 20% of the funding has been secured