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Current situation: Millions are facing starvation in Africa

The United Nations has reported that starvation threatens more than a million children in Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, and South Sudan. Conditions in other African countries are also worsening – with growing hunger caused by months of drought leaving children amongst the most badly affected.

Additional factors contributing to the wave of hunger in Africa include the ongoing civil war in South Sudan, which has caused explosive inflation. In this country alone, around 100,000 lives are threatened by hunger, while five million people are in urgent need of food supplies (status as of March 2017). A growing number of South Sudanese people are fleeing the country to seek refuge in the neighboring countries, especially in Uganda. Additionally, the most desperate refugees are fleeing from conflict towards the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country which is in itself often in need of humanitarian aid.

Conditions for people in Northern Kenya also continue to worsen. No rain has fallen in parts of the country for months. In this region alone, around 2.7 million people are living in the grip of a punishing drought. The situation in Marsabit is especially dire, and more than half of the county’s children are undernourished. People in the area depend almost exclusively on cattle husbandry, and eighty percent of their livestock is already dead – leaving them with no means to buy food or to feed themselves from their animals. 

This is how we help the people in the crisis-ridden regions of Africa:

South Sudan: 

School meal program for 5,000 children

Drilling of 18 wells 

Construction of six washing platforms

Distribution of soap bars to 19,000 refugees

Psychosocial support for children aged five and above

Distribution of agricultural equipment and water

Supervision of street children 

Supporting the urban vegetable garden in Wau city


Our help in the DR Congo for South Sudanese refugees:  

Supporting health centers and hospitals in treating refugees free of charge

Improving the water supply in the camps and health centers

Providing the necessary equipment for water treatment

Providing  refugees with hygiene articles 

Providing hygiene awareness in courses instructed by health committees in order to prevent the transmission of diseases

Construction of sanitary facilities, such as showers, latrines and incinerators

Providing health centers with equipment for infection prevention and for work safety


In South Sudan alone, 100,000 people are facing starvation. Photo: Malteser International
In South Sudan alone, 100,000 people are facing starvation. Photo: Malteser International
We support the medical supply in the DR Congo. Photo: Nyokabi Kahura/Malteser International


Water supply

Construction of a water catchment system

Drilling of boreholes

Construction of latrines and distribution of hygiene articles

High energy food for undernourished children

Supporting the food distribution for households





Our help in Uganda for South Sudanese refugees: 

Motorizing boreholes to supply refugees with water 

Supplying refugees with essential hygiene articles and soap

Distributing seeds and agricultural equipment

Trainings on good agricultural practices

Setting up fruit and vegetable gardens 



In Northern Kenya, we supply the population with drinking water. Photo: Malteser International
In Uganda, we supply the refugees with drinking water. Photo: Malteser International

One year after the hunger crisis in Kenya

In 2017, a devastating hunger crisis was ravaging parts of Africa including northern Kenya. The Kenyan government declared a national drought emergency. Malteser International responded to the crisis by providing life-safing food aid in regions affected by the drought. One year on, many families have survived thanks to a quick response but many people are still living in the grip of starvation. 

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