Emergencies

Disease maps of countries affected by food insecurity and famine

Horn of Africa

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) and cumulative number of acute watery diarrhea and cholera cases

Ethiopia

The integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

Kenya

The integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

Nigeria

The integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

Somalia

Cumulative number of acute watery diarrhea / cholera cases

The integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

South Sudan

The integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

Sudan

The integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

Uganda

The integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

Yemen

Cumulative number of acute watery diarrhea / cholera cases

The integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

This page links all WHO technical and general information and resources on food insecurity and famine

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Health is a key component in the response to famine. When there is a severe lack of food many people will die of starvation, but between starvation and death there is nearly always disease. When people don't have enough food to eat, acute malnutrition sets in and weakens the immune system.

Diseases related to famine

Cholera

Cholera is transmitted through contaminated water or food and can rapidly lead to severe dehydration and death if left untreated.

Acute malnutrition

Acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies can be widespread among refugees and displaced people.

Measles

Outbreaks can result in epidemics that cause many deaths, especially among malnourished children.

Pneumonia

Children whose immune systems have been weakened by undernutrition are at higher risk of developing pneumonia.

Malaria

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.

Diarrhoeal disease

Diarrhoea can last several days, and can leave the body without the water and salts that are necessary for survival.