Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Deaths amongst the Somalia's new arrival refugees at the various camps in Ethiopia have reduced drastically over the past weeks as a result of improved feeding programmes initiated by relief agencies, a UN bulletin revealed.
Despite the continuing refugee influx from Somalia, the rate of malnutrition at the main refugee camps in Ethiopia, the Dolo Ado,
reduced from 3.9 deaths out of every 10,000 children at the camp to two out of every 10,000 children.
The deteriorating situation in Somalia continues to drive new arrivals of refugees from Somalia into Ethiopia. From 7-8 September, some 500 new arrivals reported to Dolo Ado, up from less than 100 people per day in the first week of the month.
“A drop in crude mortality rate has been recorded in the Dolo Ado camps in recent weeks, however, the CMR remains well above the emergency threshold,” said the weekly bulletin produced by the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
The decline was attributed to a number of interventions being undertaken in the area of health, shelter, nutrition and water
provision as well as food assistance.
The aid agencies said training programmes had been launched for trainers involved in breastfeeding Counseling and management programmes since 13 September.
Somalia, listed as the worst place in the world for children under the age of five, is home to some 750,000 people at risk of death, among them 336,000 children under five years of age acutely malnourished and at risk of death in Southern Somalia.
Somalia reports 180 deaths in every 1,000 live births, which ranks as the world’s highest even before the current crisis. One in every six children were dying in Somalia before the age of five years.
At least 1.5 million Somalis are still in need of access to aid while the influx of refugees from Somalia into Ethiopia have increased fivefold over the past weeks.
-0- PANA AO/VAO 19Sept2011