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Mothers bring their babies and young children to be screened for malnutrition at the community health post. Across eastern and southern Africa, millions of children are struggling to cope with food insecurity, lack of water and disease. In Ethiopia, after two years of erratic rainfall and drought, one of the most powerful El Niño weather events for 50 years is wreaking havoc on lives and livelihoods. The Government of Ethiopia has been leading the humanitarian response but needs are vast - near on six million children in Ethiopia are in need of food assistance. Health systems are in place with the Government of Ethiopia and UNICEF working together to make sure health professionals are well trained and that supplies like emergency therapeutic food and milk are well stocked In this kabele, the fear is that come March families will have sold the few assets they have left. They will have literally nothing. It is therefore vital that supplementary feeding programmes – led by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) –are scaled up to ensure that moderately malnourished children (and their families) are receiving food when stocks are low or non-existent in homes. Without focus on supplementary feeding, we will start to see more children becoming severely acutely malnourished children, requiring more attention at health centres and hospitals as opposed to at the community level – and of course more funds. Dire Kiltu health post:, West Arsi Zone. © UNICEF Ethiopia/2016/Ayene

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Photo prise le 10 février 2016 (© UNICEF Ethiopia / Flickr)

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 drought, ethiopia, oromo, oromia, unicef, child rights

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