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28 Aug 2015 description

Ethiopia - IOM Ethiopia this week resumed its emergency evacuation of South Sudanese refugees from the border, which had been halted since late July 2015 as all receiving camps had reached their maximum capacity.

Following the establishment of Pugnido 2 camp by the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), this week alone, IOM evacuated 3,618 refugees to the newly constructed camp. With the addition of this camp, the country’s refugee accommodation capacity has increased by 50,000.

28 Aug 2015 description
report World Vision


Bryna Jones
Communications Coordinator, Education and Life Skills World Vision International

Zemero Early Childhood Development Centre is found in Zemero town, almost 300 km north of Addis Ababa. It was built in 2010. The centre is currently benefitting more than 80 girls and boys and their families. Five-year-old, Kaliye, is one of the beneficiaries of the centre. She joined this year.

27 Aug 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 14:25 GMT

The number of hungry Ethiopians needing food aid has risen sharply this year to 4.5 million due to poor rains and the El Nino weather phenomenon, the UN has said.

With rains poorer than predicted, "food insecurity increased and malnutrition rose as a result," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

25 Aug 2015 description

Germany commits 750,000 Euros for the purpose of helping hundreds of thousands of refugees hosted in Ethiopia, announced the German Embassy to the press on August 22, 2015). In a statement released by the German Embassy, the donation would support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing shortage of funds. It is announced that the funds will help ease food insecurity and reduce malnutrition rates, particularly among South Sudanese refugees, who continue to arrive in Ethiopia in large numbers, to improve their overall deprived health condition.

25 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Christine Nesbitt

A joint EU-UNICEF programme reaches rural communities in Ethiopia to address undernutrition among mothers and children through monitoring, treatment and guidance.

25 Aug 2015 description
report Direct Relief

Most of the hard work in GIS has nothing to do with making maps. The heart of the matter, from a functional point of view at least, is not the pretty pictures but the quality, sourcing, content and structure of the data which feeds those images. Without quality data, there can be no quality GIS.

24 Aug 2015 description

US$230 million urgently needed to address food and non-food needs for the remainder of the year

Addis Ababa, 24 August 2015: On 18 August, the Government of Ethiopia officially launched the joint-Government and humanitarian partners- Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) mid-year review. The document is a revision of the 2015 HRD - released on 6 March 2015 – based on the multi-agency belg/gu/ganna/sugum national needs assessment, which was concluded in early July 2015.

24 Aug 2015 description

The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) has restored contacts of the 281 South Sudan Refugees in Ethiopia with their families in six months (November 2014 – April2015).

This success has been brought about by the snapshot tool which the ERCS and the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) have implemented in Gambella Region since November 2014.

20 Aug 2015 description
report Direct Relief

It’s Tuesday afternoon during Ethiopia’s rainy season. I’m standing before a pull-down screen filled with digital maps in a humid conference hall on the third floor of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) building inside the compound of the Ethiopian national reference laboratory. It’s difficult to make myself heard above the downpour beating on the sheet metal roof. There’s a persistent drip to my left that makes the floor slick.

20 Aug 2015 description
report World Bank


The Ethiopia Humbo Assisted Natural Regeneration project has taken a community-based approach to land restoration. In less than four years, the project near the town of Humbo in the mountainous region of southwestern Ethiopia has engaged local farmers in seven community cooperatives to manage a land regeneration initiative. They have built natural fences to reduce the pressure on vegetation from grazing and pruned existing trees and shrubs for sustainable wood fuel collection.

19 Aug 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

Geneva, 19 August 2015

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

The current drought in Afar National Regional State, Ethiopia, occurred as both the Karma (main) and Sagum (small) rains received all over the region was poor. As a result, the pasture condition has become very poor, the volume of rivers is reduced, and the water table of ponds and ground water has become very low.

19 Aug 2015 description

By Ahmed Muhammed

Heavy-rain occurred from June 22 to July 05 in East Hararghie zone of the Oromia Regional State has caused extensive flooding in Tullo wereda leaving 247 houses destroyed which prompted the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) to provide emergency relief to the vulnerable local population.

Based on an initial assessment conducted on the damage and needs in affected areas, ERCS provided immediate relief assistance which includes blankets, water jerry cans and cooking sets estimated worth birr 250,000 to the disaster affected people.

19 Aug 2015 description

Meseret Bekele

Addis Ababa August 18/2015 The Oromia regional state said it is undertaking drought prevention activities to curb possible drought in some parts of the state following the varying of distribution and intensity of rainfall because of the El Niño effect.

Distribution of drought-resistant and short term crops and food, water and medical supply in areas with short rainfall are among the short term measures being taken to curb the danger, Oromia Communications Affairs Office Head, Fikadu Tessema said.

13 Aug 2015 description
  • In Ethiopia, food insecurity is widespread and rates of acute malnutrition are growing now above the international thresholds that define an emergency. Due to under-performance of two consecutive rainy seasons (Belg and Meher) the food insecure people dependent on relief food assistance (2.9 million people beginning of the year) is expected to increase now significantly. Next week the assessments are due to be published.

13 Aug 2015 description

Addis Ababa Aug 12/ 2015 – The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) said it is working to avoid a decrease in agricultural productivity due to the current shortage of rains.

Ministry’s senior officials are at a field visit in various parts of the country to assess the magnitude of the shortage of the rains.

The officials confirmed that the distribution of the rainfall is improving in some areas.

13 Aug 2015 description

Addis Ababa August 13/2015 Afar Region Pastoralist and Agriculture Bureau said it has been carrying out integrated works with the Federal Government and Non-governmental organizations to pre-empt the effects of the shortage of rain that occurred in the state.

Agriculture Inputs and Marketing Process Owner with the bureau, Dr. Meles Bedane stated that lack of fodder has occurred in 32 woredas due to low and erratic belg rains in 2007 EC in the region.

12 Aug 2015 description
report World Bank


  • The Ethiopian government has an ambitious plan to end exposure to communicable diseases caused by improper sanitation and hygiene practices in rural areas

  • Through the Water and Sanitation Program, a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank, the government has been able to reach more people

  • The program has helped to improve sanitation and hygiene, sparked behavioral change and made villages and woredas safer and healthier for its residents

04 Aug 2015 description
report Food for the Hungry

PHOENIX (August 3, 2015) – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), overwhelming research has shown that breastfeeding provides the perfect nutrition to promote healthy growth and brain development for infants. Breast milk has also been shown to provide protection from life threatening illnesses such as respiratory infection and diarrheal disease as well obesity and non-communicable diseases like diabetes and asthma.

03 Aug 2015 description

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)

Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, toward the long-term goal of elimination.

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01 Aug 2015 description

Canada to support Canadian Foodgrains Bank initiative to assist African farmers

July 31, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced support for a project that will enable the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to directly benefit more than 50,000 farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.