Giving birth at health centers improves outcomes for mothers and babies
“I see that the women are comfortable when they see how confident and efficient you are in the job you do.”
Leitchour refugee camp has been underwater since the rains began this past June. Now the rains are over, bringing some reprieve to the more than 47 000 refugees living here. The expansive floodplain, dotted with white tents and huddles of round huts, is still extensively flooded. Refugees and villagers have to wade through knee-high dark brown waters. But they say it is now much better - at the peak of the rainy season, movement was impossible, except by boat.
A wretched camp
Many farmers in rural Ethiopia are over-reliant on a single crop. To combat this problem, Concern Worldwide introduced Ibre Seid and his community to the potato crop. The results have been amazing!
New crops desperately needed
Ibre Seid claims he was the first person in his community to taste a potato and this could very well be true.
The potato is not a crop traditionally grown in the area of Gelsha, where Ibre lives. But, new crops were desperately needed. People were relying on one crop, barley, which was dependent on rain.
Concern Worldwide has been helping communities in Gelsha, Ethiopia to cope with persistent flooding. Now, thanks to training in new farming techniques, people like Lubaba can grow enough food to feed their families.
In the rural highlands of Ethiopia, people depend on agriculture to feed their families and earn a living. However, increasingly erratic rainfall patterns are causing problems for farmers.
By Lorenzo Bosi
Zemada Kebeb is a farmer living in Ethiopia’s drought-prone Tigray region. In the past, recurring droughts threatened to push her and her four children into chronic hunger. But now, with the help of a resilience-building initiative called R4, Zemada no longer fears a lack of rainfall and has enough stability to start growing new things like mangos.
Gender-based violence is rampant, yet rather than equip NGOs to provide support, the law has all but crippled women’s rights organisations
One day in early October, Hanna Lalango, 16, did not return from school to her home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at the usual time. Her father Lalongo Hayesso was worried about his youngest daughter.
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Ethio-Feed PLC Launches Livestock Feed Facility that Transforms Agricultural Waste into Quality Livestock Feed
By Kebede Lulie
Finding at least one water source for each family to increase food production was a primary focus for us in nine drought-prone districts of the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Over the past fiscal year, a total of 22 rivers and springs were developed and diverted. In addition, 202 shallow wells were dug for irrigation. As a result, more than 3,500 people started producing food at least twice a year, therefore increasing their income. But numbers don’t tell the full story.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:43 GMT
Author: E.G. Woldegebriel
By E.G. Woldegebriel
YABELO, Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nomadic livestock herders in Ethiopia have received their first payout from an insurance scheme that tracks poor pasture conditions with satellite technology.
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News Stories, 3 December 2014
TIERKIDI, Ethiopia, December 3 (UNHCR) – The sound of gunfire filling her ears, Nyantay Gatkuoth, 40-something and blind, could only catch snippets of conversation from people running past her about what was happening.
ADDIS ABABA, 3 December 2014 (IRIN) - One reason farmers in Africa mostly produce so much less than those in other parts of the world is that they have limited access to the technical knowledge and practical tips that can significantly increase yields. But as the continent becomes increasingly wired, this information deficit is narrowing.
Ethiopia - IOM has repatriated 253 Ethiopian irregular migrants released from detention in Tanzania. The operation, in close collaboration with the Tanzanian Immigration Department and the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was funded by the Government of Japan.
The migrants, who were intercepted by the Tanzanian authorities at the country’s borders en route to South Africa, had spent up to a year incarcerated in three prisons – Ruanda, Ubena and Kigongoni – located in Mbeya and Pwani regions.
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RICHMOND, Va. (Dec. 1, 2014) – The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation,” and for three years, ChildFund has partnered with Pact and Family Health International, achieving great results with the Yekokeb Berhan program, the largest USAID-funded Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) program in Ethiopia.
World Aids Day is a day dedicated to raise awareness about Aids and the spread of HIV throughout the World.
Globally, an estimated 35 million people were living with HIV last year, and 3.2 million of these were children. The vast majority of people living with HIV are in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 2.1 million people were newly infected with the virus in 2013.
Addis Ababa November 25/2014 Ethiopia could save as many as 76,800 mothers and babies each year if it continues its 'aggressive' efforts to develop and implement effective strategies to improve maternal and newborn health, a new finding estimated.
The Lancet Every Newborn Series 2014, launched here yesterday, stated that Ethiopia could save more mothers and infants by addressing challenges related to health workforce, financing, and service delivery, which are the most common barriers to improve survival in high-burden countries.
An education program geared towards reducing the school drop out rate for youths in Ethiopia has received a $1.6 million dollar boost to help keep it going.
SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest organization dedicated to orphaned and abandoned children, announced that it received the grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
SOS Children’s Villages says the grant will fund EduCare, a program that provides services to raise grade-level completion rates for vulnerable children and their families in the city of Bahir Dar.
(Addis Ababa, 25 November 2014): At the end of a four-day mission, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Kyung-wha Kang said that the plight of South Sudanese refugees requires continued international attention.
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS
IOM has resumed transport by boat and road of South Sudanese refugees stranded by heavy rains and flooding in Matar to Fugnido refugee camp in the Gambella region of Western Ethiopia, 300 kms away, following an agreement between Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR.
The relocation operation started this week with the movement of 286 refugees by boat and bus from Matar to Fugnido via the Itang way station. The two-day journey involves an overnight stop in Itang, where IOM, UNHCR and WFP provide food, water, sleeping mats and blankets.