More than $25 million to help save lives in the Horn of Africa

Media release

Sydney

4 December 2011

The Australian public has united with the Australian Government and aid organisations to save lives in the Horn of Africa.

Thanks to the deep generosity of Australians, more than $25 million has been raised through the Government's Dollar for Dollar appeal for people suffering in the Horn of Africa,

In October, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced that the Australian Government would match, dollar for dollar, the public donations made to the famine appeals of accredited aid agencies.

"Australians did what they always do in a significant time of need: they dug deep, and they gave to save lives across the Horn of Africa," Mr Rudd said.

"Australians donated more than $12.7 million and we, as promised, are matching that figure.

"This partnership, between the Australian people and the Government means that Australia will continue life-saving work in the Horn of Africa - doubling the efforts of aid agencies that are already making a difference in the region.

"It will assist in the provision of clean water, sanitation and vaccinations, helping to prevent diseases like cholera and measles. Hundreds of thousands of malnourished children will be saved through nutritious food supplements. Where a donation of $70 would provide five families with life-saving high-energy biscuits - this initiative now means that 10 families will be fed."

"In October, 2.6 million people were reached with food assistance, a 15 per cent increase from those reached during September."

The Dollar for Dollar initiative is part of the Government's commitment to effective aid by working in partnership with the expertise and networks of the Australian community and builds on the Australian Government's existing contribution of $128 million to the Horn of Africa, which includes $98 million in humanitarian assistance and $30 million to support the region's long-term food security.

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