Drought and conflict left 23 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment in East Africa by March 2017, when the DEC launched its appeal. While international assistance has been preventing the situation from deteriorating, widespread food insecurity continues to loom across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, affecting the lives of millions.

A sustained relief effort is needed into 2018 to protect livelihoods and prevent loss of life.

For example, in Ethiopia 10 million people need emergency food assistance, while 3.6 million malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers need supplementary feeding.

Diseases such as cholera and measles are spreading fast, as more people flee fighting and are forced to live in poor and overcrowded conditions. In South Sudan, 4 million people have been displaced, with women and children left most vulnerable.

DEC member charities continue to respond to the crisis and deliver life-saving aid. But they need more money to help reduce the scale and severity of the crisis.

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