The European Union said Thursday it is providing additional 12.15 billion Kenyan shillings (about 113.7 million U.S. dollars) to help address humanitarian needs in countries in the Horn of Africa.
The EU said part of the funding from aid package will go to humanitarian projects in Djibouti which will receive about 539,000 dollars. Ethiopia will get 45.27 million dollars while Kenya and Somalia will receive 16.17 million and 51.78 million dollars, respectively. “It will help support the health facilities in the provision of basic services, epidemics control and prepare them to face the coronavirus pandemic,” the EU said in a statement.
The EU said COVID-19 pandemic risks worsening the humanitarian situation across the region where many continue to suffer from armed conflict, displacement, and recurrent droughts and floods. It also said a large-scale infestation of locusts threatens food security and livelihoods of many vulnerable people in the region.
The EU said the funding will provide food assistance to people in need, such as by supporting farmers to get seeds and fodder for their livestock, and provide treatment for acute malnutrition, especially for young children. It will also address the basic needs of refugees and internally displaced people, such as protection, shelter, food, access to health and nutrition care and clean water, and education for children.