- OCHA Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 4 May 2015
- GIEWS Country Brief : Ethiopia 23-January-2015
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update - February 2015
Appeals & Funding
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) teams in the Gambella region of Ethiopia are expanding the vaccine package being provided to South Sudanese refugees to include PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B) in order to reduce child mortality linked to pneumococcal diseases.
During the week ending on 4th May 2015, moderate rains were received within the Juba and Shabelle river basins both in Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands.
The table below show some stations that recorded rains in the past one week; while Map ‐ 1 shows the total satellite Rainfall Estimates (RFE) for the same reporting period. Map –2 shows the rainfall forecast for coming week.
Snapshot 29 April–5 May 2015
Nepal: The death toll from the earthquake has reached 7,250, with more than 14,000 injured. Aftershocks are still occurring, and some villages have still not been reached. 300,000 homes are estimated to need rebuilding or repair.
Yemen: The estimated number of IDPs has doubled since 17 April to reach 300,000, as conflict continues. Food distribution, health, and WASH systems are on the verge of collapse, due in large part to severe fuel shortages.
New arrivals into Ethiopia from greater Upper Nile have risen to 4,000 per month in April from an average of 1,000 per month during Q1 2015
Abduction and harassment of aid workers disrupts response in some areas
Bentiu PoC: latest biometric registration and site expansion
South Sudan HRP is 19 per cent funded
No. of internally displaced people - 1.5 million
No. of refugees in neighboring countries - 529,000
General Situation during April 2015
Forecast until mid-June 2015
The Executive Board at its 136th session noted an earlier version of this report and expressed support for the proposals contained in the draft decision in that report concerning intensified eradication strategies and the removal of type 2 component of the oral poliovirus vaccine.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted 494 Ethiopian migrants return from Yemen and those stranded on the way to Yemen, including 25 unaccompanied minors (UAM). Together with partners, IOM conducts family tracing for the UAMs and provides transportation and re-integration fee.
More spikes in malnutrition are expected during the April-June hunger season.
Drought continues in central and northern Ethiopia, with abnormal dryness in Djibouti and Eritrea
Africa Weather Hazards
Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since mid March, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.
On Saturday 25 April, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale struck the poor, landlocked and mountainous Asian state of Nepal. By 30 April, the death toll had risen to more than 5,500 and the UN estimates that 8million people across the country are affected by the disaster – more than a quarter of the population.
GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, May 1 (UNHCR) – The number of South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Ethiopia since fighting broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has passed the 200,000 mark and more are expected amid fresh conflict across the border.
Some 199,000 of the refugees are in western Ethiopia's Gambella region while about 3,000 are in neighbouring Benishangul-Gumuz region.
On 28 April, the United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town (Jonglei State) and met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining ones. The United Nations estimates that 13,000 children are associated with armed forces and groups in South Sudan, with credible evidence indicating that both of the warring parties have engaged in the recruitment of child soldiers since the eruption of the conflict in December 2013.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Friday 5/1/2015 - 14:24 GMT
by Karim LEBHOUR
On the walls of homes in the poor Cherkos neighbourhood of Ethiopia's capital, the portraits of "martyrs" killed in their attempt to enter Europe offer a grim warning.
The murders of several Ethiopian Christians last month in Libya horrified Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation, including from Pope Francis who expressed his "great distress and sadness".
Below-average Belg rainfall led to low area planted
Thus far, the February to May Belg rains have been below average in amount and erratically distributed. As a result, area planted is very low, and the crops that have been planted are not performing well. Poor households’ income from agricultural labor is also less than usual, reducing current food access.
In West Africa, market availability was adequate in March, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.
The eradication of wildpolio virus remains one of the most pressing health challenges in Africa.
The continent witnessed the majority of global polio cases in 2013, and is home to one of the three last countries in the world where polio is still endemic, Nigeria. Polio is highly contagious and one of the most difficult diseases to eradicate. About 90 per cent of all children in any given community must receive multiple immunizations to wipe out the virus. No other global health effort in history has posed such a logistical challenge.
Throughout 2014, the regional office continued working in 15 countries in Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda and Burundi. The regional office supported the development of 6 emergency appeals and 15 DREFs in response to floods, disease outbreaks, terror attacks and population movement in Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.