International non-governmental organisations working in Kenya say nearly 73 000 children in the country are severely malnourished and at risk of dying from drought-related hunger unless urgent aid is made available.
This follows joint nutrition assessments conducted by the country’s regional health department and UNICEF as well as nine aid organisations working on the ground.
Kenya is among countries in the East African region affected by severe food shortages following a prolonged dry spell.
The survey also reveals that nearly 40 000 pregnant and nursing women across Kenya are malnourished, a 20 percent increase from last year.
The organisations also called on the international community to make more funds available to support the Kenyan government and aid agencies working on the ground to end the suffering of thousands of vulnerable women and children.