The UN agency responsible for health issues has launched an urgent appeal to the international community for food aid to southern Africa is accompanied by the delivery of basic health services, to avoid loss of lives human that could cause the current drought in this region.
“In populations weakened by famine, diseases will make a great number of victims who, properly nurtured, could have survived. To do so would have required that food be produced in sufficient quantities or it is affordable to purchase, “said Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement . Dr. Brundtland also reported a doubling of the risk of maternal mortality in parts of southern Africa, the continuing rise in tuberculosis, acute respiratory infections and malaria. “We fear that this crisis does not cause at least 300,000 dead” additional “in the next six months,” she says. In the current situation of food shortage, certain diseases become particularly threatening for 12 to 14 million people in southern Africa, according to WHO.
The poor rains have triggered a crisis that is exacerbated by other factors, including long-term degradation of health services and the ravages of the AIDS epidemic. “We are heading for a catastrophe unless urgent aid support to millions who might die of hunger,” for his part, said James Morris, Special Envoy of UN Secretary General Southern Africa and Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). “The situation will deteriorate gradually every month, if we do not receive more food aid, water and medicines,” he said. .