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Mercy Corps treats children in rural Ethiopia

Hibo. Photo by Erin Gray, Mercy CorpsMercy Corps' mobile health and nutrition teams provide needed assistance to remote parts of Ethiopia. Often the only healthcare available to the families they visit, each team can see up to 150 people every day.

Along with the rest of the Horn of Africa, the drought in Ethiopia continues to put pressure on already poor farming communities. Cases of severe malnutrition among children are growing and Mercy Corps mobile emergency clinics provide additional food for the families. Those children diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition are given special fortified foods and medicines -- some are referred to two local emergency centers for further treatment by health professions.

As communities wait for the October rains, Mercy Corps teams also provide sources of clean water. In twenty schools in the Gashamo region, 10,000-liter water storage tanks installed by Mercy Corps will help the children stay in school and insure that they'll get a drink every day.

The tanks not only hold the water trucked into the region but also have been constructed so water will be collected in them when the rains come back. supports Mercy Corps' ongoing efforts in the Horn of Africa through contributions from The Hunger Site and the Gifts That Give More [tm] program.

Photo:  Three-year-old Hibo was one of the toddlers treated recently by Mercy Corps mobile unit. Photo by Mercy Corps/Erin Gray.

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