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10 Feb 2016 description

Joint media release

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

The Australian Government is providing further humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Somalia to support those affected by drought conditions, and those affected by the ongoing conflict in Somalia.

10 Feb 2016 description
report Save the Children

The international community has just three weeks to provide $245 million in emergency food aid to help prevent a potentially catastrophic escalation in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases in drought-afflicted parts of Ethiopia from the end of April when the main ‘hungry season’ begins.

09 Feb 2016 description

Addis Ababa February 09/2016 Norway has expressed its desire to provide support for refugees in Ethiopia.

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom held a discussion here today with Norway's State Secretary for Justice and Public Security Joran Kallmyr on ways of controlling illegal migration and other issues of mutual concern.

After the discussion, Joran Kallmyr told reporters that his country would extend support for refugees in Ethiopia in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

09 Feb 2016 description

RICHMOND, VA – A severe shortfall in aid funding is putting thousands of children at risk in Ethiopia as the country deals with its worst drought emergency in decades. The drought and resulting food shortage are expected to continue well into 2016. ChildFund International is in urgent need of millions of dollars in additional funding to provide emergency food rations for 300,000 people over the next six months.

09 Feb 2016 description

USAID’s new activity will optimize the power of health communication to transform Ethiopia’s public health system

09 Feb 2016 description
report Christian Aid

Large-scale drought is having a devastating effect on millions in Ethiopia – and the situation is set to worsen.

Current situation

Ethiopia is suffering its worst drought in 30 years.

More than 10 million people are at risk.

Farmers’ harvests have failed, and their livestock are badly affected. Thousands of cows and goats have died.

The situation is critical.

We’re responding

We’ve made £50,000 of emergency funds available to help communities who’ve been hit hardest by the drought.

05 Feb 2016 description

By Alastair Leithead

Ethiopia is the world's fastest growing economy. So when drought struck why did it need international help?

Read the full report on BBC

05 Feb 2016 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the urgent needs of families in Ethiopia suffering through the most severe drought in 30 years. More than 10 million people face severe hunger and loss of livestock across the dry and barren plains of western Ethiopia.

04 Feb 2016 description

SHIRE, Ethiopia, Feb 2 (UNHCR) – Improving conditions for refugees in camps and expanding programmes for legal pathways outside Ethiopia were both key to reducing the numbers who attempt perilous journeys to reach safety, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said as he met Eritreans who fled to Ethiopia.

04 Feb 2016 description
report Oxfam

The effects of a super El Niño are set to put the world’s humanitarian system under an unprecedented level of strain in 2016 as it already struggles to cope with the fallout from conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and elsewhere. In Ethiopia the government estimates that 10.2 million people, on top of the 8 million that will receive support through the governments' safety net programme, will need humanitarian assistance this year at a cost of $1.4 billion, due to a drought that's been exacerbated by El Niño.

04 Feb 2016 description
report World Bank
  • The World Bank-supported Productive Safety Nets Program has helped to put in place systems which continue to serve as the backbone of the government’s disaster prevention and relief efforts

  • The program reduces the number of people needing humanitarian assistance by eight million by providing cash transfers to 318 food-insecure districts

  • The program has also helped to build roads, watersheds and 4,300 school rooms, helping to address root causes of vulnerability and poverty

04 Feb 2016 description

Ethiopia is in the grip of its worst drought in recent history. More than ten million people are in need of assistance according to the Government and humanitarian agencies. On Sunday 31 January, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Ethiopia to see first-hand the consequences of the drought in one of the worst affected areas.

03 Feb 2016 description
  • Gambella region in Ethiopia is hosting more than 260 000 South Sudanese refugees. The region is also regularly affected by internal displacement.
  • The situation in Gambella town is tense at the moment after several security incidents linked to inter-ethnic clashes involving Nuer and Anuak ethnic groups. The conflict erupted on 20 January, initially in Gambella town and Itang woreda. However, tensions and clashes expanded to other areas. The situation is unpredictable and clashes may continue for weeks to come.
03 Feb 2016 description
report World Vision

By Christine Murugami,
Regional Communications Advisor
World Vision East Africa

Driving through Boset in Ethiopia, the sight of donkeys, too many of them, carrying jerricans full of water, dot the landscape. The search for water is a full-time job, and one that isn’t always fruitful.

Failed rains mean that water points were not replenished and people have to travel long distances in search of water for drinking, household use and their animals. World Vision has trucked water over 100 kilometers to help save lives and reduce animal deaths.

03 Feb 2016 description
report DanChurchAid

Without waste management, latrines, access to safe water and promotion of good hygiene, a crowded refugee camp will result in the rapid spread of disease.

01 Feb 2016 description

Ogolcho, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016

I’m very moved to be in this Oromia region with the Deputy Prime Minister. I am here with the Executive Director of the World Food Programme. Thank you very much for your warm welcome.

01 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

In Ethiopia in 2015 there were continuing government crackdowns on opposition political party members, journalists, and peaceful protesters, many of whom experienced harassment, arbitrary arrest, and politically motivated prosecutions.

01 Feb 2016 description
report Humedica


Chronic diseases such as diabetes, epilepsy or hypertension are a great challenge for affected persons worldwide. If the home of the patients is not the Western part of the world, where good medical care is provided, but a poor refugee camp in Africa, this challenge can quickly become a fight for survival.

31 Jan 2016 description

Sunday, January 31, 2016
USAID Press Office
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: | Twitter: @USAIDPress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith announced an additional $97 million in emergency assistance for Ethiopia today, to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis resulting from the impacts of the El Niño phenomenon.

31 Jan 2016 description

Gondar, Ethiopia, January 28, 2016– The U.S. Government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), handed over a newly built comprehensive outpatient facility that improves the quality of comprehensive outpatient services and education at Gondar University. The United States has provided USD 9.1 million through the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the construction of the new facility.