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26 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa, March 25, 2015-The Government of Ethiopia today signed a USD150 thousand agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to extend the ongoing project support for the Peacekeeping Training at the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre (EIPKTC) since its establishment in 2012.

25 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Adolescents are a neglected group in terms of nutrition. In some countries up to a half of adolescents are malnourished. Yet optimal nutrition during adolescence – a period of rapid physical growth – is crucial.

Urgent action is needed to address adolescent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. And given the high numbers of adolescent girls who give birth and of girls under 18 who get married, it is imperative that – in order to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition – nutrition interventions target adolescent girls.

25 Mar 2015 description
  • Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
  • Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
25 Mar 2015 description

1. Executive Summary

The Kenya refugee operation is often cited as an example of a protracted refugee situation with traditional refugee camps in place for the past 20 or so years. In the last four years, however, the operation has been anything but static in responding to two major influxes from neighbouring countries while undergoing a transition in terms of partnerships and innovations in assistance delivery.

25 Mar 2015 description

Relocation Site for Flooded Leitchuor Camps Established

(LWI) – Hope for the refugees in the flooded Ethiopian camps of Gambella: A new camp site has been approved for relocation. On Sunday 15 March, the Gambella regional authorities endorsed Jewii as the new camp for urgent development ahead of the next rainy season which is expected to start in May or June. The Jewii camp will have a capacity to host 50,000 people, accommodating the refugees, mostly women and children, from the flood-affected Leitchuor.

24 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • February–May seasonal rainfall may be below average, causing households in Afar, Oromiya, and Somali regions to continue experiencing Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity through June*

  • The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) 2015 appeals for $344.9 million to fund relief operations during 2015

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 Mar 2015 description

Two-year-old Hawsak lies fatigued in a small camel skin bed, gripped by the agony of an ‘identified’ illness. She is emaciated and has been suffering diarrhoea and vomiting for the past four weeks.

Her house is one of the small bush houses in Fiq woreda (administrative district) in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Her grandmother, Ansha, explained that the family felt Hawsak’s problem was caused by demons and that they had to take her to traditional healer to determine how to pacify the offended gods.

24 Mar 2015 description
report Guardian

A $60m project that brings two new drugs to the treatment of tuberculosis offers hope to Ethiopians with the multi-drug resistant form of the disease

When Endalkachew Fekadu contracted a strain of drug-resistant tuberculosis 12 years ago, it was still considered a death sentence by health professionals in Ethiopia.

Read the full report on the Guardian

24 Mar 2015 description
report IRIN

By Louise Redvers

DUBAI, 24 March 2015 (IRIN) - The UN refugee agency has placed an order for 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters designed by a social enterprise arm of furniture giant IKEA, with first delivery planned within months to camps across Iraq, where some 2.5 million people have been displaced by conflict. Work on the Better Shelter units began more than five years ago and a prototype was unveiled in 2013.

24 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 March 2015

Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.

24 Mar 2015 description

Moderate to heavy rains are expected to continue in the next three days within the north western parts of Somalia. The upper parts of Juba and Shabelle River basins within the Ethiopian highlands, whose rainfall contribute significantly to the river flow inside Somalia, may also record moderate to heavy rains during the same period. There will be a reduction of rainfall activities during the forecast period within Bari, and Sool, Nugaal, Mududg and Galgad regions. Other places including the Southern regions are expected to record light to moderate rains.

24 Mar 2015 description
report Amref Health Africa

World TB Day 2015

Tuberculosis remains one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases. In 2013, an estimated nine million people developed tuberculosis (TB) and 1.5 million died from the disease, 360,000 of whom were HIV-positive. TB is slowly declining each year and it is estimated that 37 million lives were saved between 2000 and 2013 through effective diagnosis and treatment.

24 Mar 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Dima Halke’s livelihood is milk. As the only provider for her eight children, 49-year-old Dima sells the milk her cattle produce to buy food, medicine and supplies for her family. Her cows are her only asset — and her only source of income.

Like the rest of her pastoral community in Ethiopia, Dima’s survival is dependent solely on her livestock.

23 Mar 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • The 2015 appeal calls for $386 million; with $41 million carry-over from 2014, the target is $344 million.
    Funding prospects are bleak.

  • Commodity shortfalls are reported for the first round relief food ration for 2015.

  • Following the relocation of more than 48,000 South Sudanese refugees from Leitchuor camp,
    Jewi, the new camp in Gambella region, will nearly reach full capacity. Additional camp sites are needed to accommodate new arrivals

23 Mar 2015 description

Moderate to heavy rains are expected to continue in the next three days within the northern parts of Somalia. The upper parts of Juba and Shabelle River basins within the Ethiopian highlands, whose rainfall contribute significantly to the river flow inside Somalia, may also record moderate to heavy rains during the same period. Other places including  South and  Central regions are expected to record light rains.