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Ethiopia Working to Eradicate TB within 20 Years

Addis Ababa July 19/2014 Ministry of Health said that it is working to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from Ethiopia within 20 years, well ahead of the international target date set for 50 years.

While visiting the renovated TB capture laboratory of the Saint Peter’s Specialized Hospital on Friday, July 18, 2014, Minister of Health, Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, said Ethiopia plans to eradicate tuberculosis earlier than the internationally target date set by World Health Organization to eliminate the disease in 50 years. The plan is to eradicate TB from Ethiopia within 20 years.

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Japan’s Ambassador Visits South Sudanese Refugees Assisted By WFP In Gambela

ADDIS ABABA – The Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, visited refugee camps in Gambela yesterday (Thursday 17 July) to see how the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing critically-needed food assistance to South Sudanese refugees, thanks to Japan’s contribution of US$4.2 million.

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Expansion at 5 hospitals to be completed

Addis Ababa ,July 16/2014 ,Expansion being carried out in five hospitals in Addis Ababa with 448 million Birr are expected to commence operation in the coming September, the Government Construction Agency said.

In a press conference he gave here yesterday, Agency Director-General Tilahun Kebede said the expansion is being undertaken in Yekatit 12, Dagmawi Minilik, Ras Desta, Gandhi and Zewditu hospitals.

Up on completion, the expansion of the hospitals will help to raise the health coverage of the city to 100 percent, he said.

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Ethiopia, Somalia sign accord for provision of scholarships

Addis Ababa July 16/2014 The Ethiopian Ministry of Education and its Somali counterpart here today signed agreement to provide scholarship for Somali students in Ethiopia.

The agreement will help to provide scholarship and technical support starting from the coming academic year.

The Minister Shiferaw Shigute on the occasion said the cooperation between the two countries in education is critical to help development in that country and deepen the people to people relation.

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Ethiopia: UK Aid Should Respect Rights

(London) – A UK High Court ruling allowing judicial review of the UK aid agency’s compliance with its own human rights policies in Ethiopia is an important step toward greater accountability in development assistance.

In its decision of July 14, 2014, the High Court ruled that allegations that the UK Department for International Development (DFID) did not adequately assess evidence of human rights violations in Ethiopia deserve a full judicial review.

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Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Use Science and Technology to Boost Agricultural Productivity

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Across Sub-Saharan Africa, the agriculture sector is under-performing

  • Four east African countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – are collaborating to marshal the power of science and tackle common problems facing farmers

  • A new video documents the East Africa Agricultural Productivity Program and its sub-regional approach to boosting the quantity and quality of food produced by farmers

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Misery stalks South Sudan refugees in camps

07/13/2014 02:59 GMT -

by Jenny VAUGHAN

GAMBELA, July 13, 2014 (AFP) - Nyayoul Gach was first driven from her home in South Sudan because of violence, but escaped into Ethiopia because of hunger, unable to feed her five children who were rapidly wasting away.

Now in the caked mud settlements of western Ethiopia, she faces further misery: hunger and disease stalk the crowded camps, and she wonders whether her life is better than the one she fled in war-ravaged South Sudan.

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UNHCR seeks massive boost in funding for South Sudan refugees

GENEVA, 11 July 9 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and its partners appealed on Friday for US$658 million to respond to South Sudan's growing regional refugee crisis, with as many as 715,000 refugees expected by the end of the year.

The appeal to donors was a revision from $371 million requested in March, when the refugee population was forecast at 340,000 – less than half the new figure.

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Religious Leaders Urge for Continued Prioritization of HIV Prevention

Addis Ababa July 10/2014Leaders of various religious institutions urged the government of Ethiopia to continue to prioritize HIV prevention by allocating enough resources.

Speaking on the multi-leaders’ consultative meeting held here today on positioning AIDS in post 2015, Ethiopian Catholic Church General Secretary Abba Hagos Hayish said that HIV prevention should continue to be priority in post 2015 agenda of the country.

Although the transmission of HIV/AIDS is globally decreasing, it still needs political commitment to end the diseases, Abba Hagos said.

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End the onslaught on dissent as arrests continue

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The Ethiopian authorities must halt their continuing onslaught on dissent, Amnesty International said today, after the arrest of four more opposition party members this week, who are believed to be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

All four were arrested on 8 July in the capital Addis Ababa and the northern city of Mekele on “terror” accusations: a charge commonly used as a pretext to put dissenters behind bars in Ethiopia.

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HRH Princess Haya contributes to reducing malnutrition rates of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

ABU DHABI, 9th July, 2014 (WAM) -- UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City, IHC, H.R.H. Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E., and Ruler of Dubai, has made a generous contribution of USD500,000 to support the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' efforts in emergency nutrition and food security for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region.

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Ethiopian Youth Earn Income While Restoring Natural Resources

Group multiplies income by expanding services

July 2014—Rather than pursue a risky migration abroad, or simply become resigned to a life of extreme poverty, landless youth in a chronically food insecure district in Ethiopia are staying in their families’ villages, while also earning an income. How?

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USAID and Irish Aid Collaborate to Help Transform Milk Production in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 9, 2014 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Irish Aid announced today a collaboration to provide funding to assist the development and adaption of technologies and business models required to transform the dairy sector in Ethiopia. The Dairy Innovation Fund will be used for the design, demonstration and field-testing of technologies and business models that can demonstrate high potential.

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Critical Conditions for South Sudanese Refugees in Gambella

South Sudanese refugees fleeing widespread violence in their homeland continue to arrive in Gambella, Ethiopia, after walking for days seeking safe shelter and food. By the end of June 2014, between 600 to 800 refugees were arriving at Burubiey transit camp each day, an increase from the 100 to 300 daily arrivals in previous weeks. Currently more than 140,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Gambella since the outbreak of the current conflict in South Sudan in December 2013.

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Ethiopia cultivates seed banks to lay famine ghost to rest

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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:15 GMT
Author: E.G. Woldegebriel

EJERE WOREDA, Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thirty years after the famine that killed more than a million people in Ethiopia and shocked the world into belated action, the country’s scientists and farmers are taking the fight against climate change and food insecurity down to the ground.

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National Action Plan Launched to End Fistula within Six Years

Addis Ababa July 07/2014 Ministry of Health announced that it has prepared a national action plan that helps eliminate obstetric fistula from Ethiopia in the coming six years.

The ministry, in cooperation with key stakeholders, launched on Monday, July 7, 2014 a national conference in Addis Ababa with a motto “Ending Fistula, Transforming lives.”

Opening the conference, Health Minister Dr. Kesetebirhan Admassu said the action plan is launched with the belief that the country would eliminate fistula caused by delivery in the coming six years.

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UK Pledges to Continue Supporting Ethiopia

Addis Ababa July 07/2014 Great Britain will continue extending the 300- million Pound Sterling assistance it provides annually to Ethiopia, the International Development Cooperation Minister said.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn held talks on Monday, July 7, 2014 with a delegation led by UK International Development Cooperation Minister, Lynne Featherstone.

During the occasion, the premier said Britain should strengthen the financial support to help Ethiopia realize its poverty reduction program.

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Ethiopia: Fears for Safety of Returned Opposition Leader

Yemen Unlawfully Deported Andargachew Tsige, Concerns over Possible Mistreatment

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Women’s group makes pottery and reduces mistreatment of women

“Birhan self-help group (SHG) is breaking the traditional view of potters - a craft usually undertaken by a stigmatized mana ethnic group,” says Karbone Shanno in Ethiopia.

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Birhan Self-Help Group (SHG) is one of 60 SHGs established since 2012 by Norwegian People’s Aid partner organisation Save Lives (SL) in Sawla town and Demba Gofa District, South Nation Nationality People Region, 475 km south of Addis Ababa.

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Helping South Sudanese refugees to survive

The Ethiopia Red Cross Society, assisted by the ICRC, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Swiss Red Cross Society, is responding to the urgent needs of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who have fled the fighting in South Sudan.

Nyahok, 27 and a mother of four children, is one of many women who line up to collect firewood and bars of soap at the Ethiopia Red Cross distribution site at Leitchour refugee camp, located in the Gambella Regional State some 900 km from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.