One year after catastrophe. Still saving lives in East Africa

Chronic poverty and malnutrition, conflict, weak health systems, high food prices, poor vaccination coverage, a lack of access to clean water and a changing climate, all culminated in a deadly food crisis in 2011. Despite early warnings, livestock perished and thousands of families were pushed closer and
closer to the brink of disaster. It was to become the worst drought in East Africa in 60 years, affecting over 13 million people and killing tens of thousands. In response, Save the Children launched the largest emergency operation in its 90-year history. Save the Children, already on the ground when the first warning signs were seen, rapidly scaled up life-saving programs, delivering healthcare, nutrition, water, crucial life-saving support, protection and education to children and their families.

Published 2012-07-17