CERF gives $ 5 million for people affected by drought and food insecurity in Angola
22 June 2012: Angola has recently been impacted by drought in portions of the country due to a significant decrease in rainfall, which has adversely affected the food security of vulnerable households and malnutrition levels. According to Government assessments, an estimated 366,780 households, or some 1.8 million people are affected by drought in 11 provinces. A nutrition survey conducted in 10 provinces in April and March 2012 revealed that more than 533,000 children under age 5 in surveyed areas are affected by malnutrition. Of this, more than 105,000 are suffering from severe malnutrition.
Despite recent progress in poverty reduction and improvements in maternal health, Angola continues to have one of the world’s highest under-five mortality rates. The drought has threatened these gains and children and women are the most at risk. As the nutrition status of children weakens, they become more susceptible to diseases such as malaria, measles and cholera, among other illness. The lack of clean water and sanitation increases the risk of transmission of diarrheal diseases and cholera, further threatening the health and well-being of communities.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$5,102,132 to three UN agencies in Angola in response to the drought.