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12 Jul 2017 description
  • A sharp increase in the number of South Sudanese refugees was recorded following clashes in Mathiang County of South Sudan, 50 km from the Ethiopian border. Approximately 4 000 persons reached Pagak Reception Centre through a variety of entry points with a peak in the arrival rate of 500 persons per hour. An indefinite number of people have also sought refuge directly within host communities.

07 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) continues to be reported in Amhara, Oromia and Somali regions although with a decreasing incidence rate.

  • The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) issued its first Flood Alert of 2017 on 26 June identifying woredas in 43 zones and three towns that are at risk of flooding. The Alert identified specific flood risks according to region and recommended preparedness actions including prepositioning of food and non-food items, disease surveillance among other measures.

03 Jul 2017 description
report Plan

This case study describes the role of community-based child protection committees in improving the safety and protection of children in 3 refugee camps in Gambella, Ethiopia.

In December 2013, widespread violence in South Sudan led nearly 300,000 people to flee the country, across the border into Western Ethiopia. Over 80% of the refugees are women and children. The refugee girls and boys face high risks, both during their journey into Ethiopia as well as upon arrival in the camps. Risks of family separation, sexual violence and psychosocial distress are common.

23 Jun 2017 description

On World Refugee Day of 20 June, the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, Fillippo Grandi, visited Ethiopia. Arriving from South Sudan, he started his visit in Gambella refugee camps where most South Sudanese refugees are hosted.

22 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Between January and April 2017, 110,676 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) were admitted into the national Community Management of Acute Malnutrition programme. While overall SAM admissions in April decreased by 11 per cent compared to March, drought affected zones in Oromia, SNNP and Somali reported increasing admissions.

20 Jun 2017 description

In Numbers

7.8 million people in need of relief food assistance, inclusive of an additional 2.2 million people from Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR.

2.7 million children, and pregnant and nursing mothers in need of specialized nutritious food to treat moderate acute malnutrition. Of this number, 1.3 million live in Nutrition Hotspot Priority 1 woredas (districts).

Highlights

20 Jun 2017 description

Key Issues

• A fall armyworm infestation is currently wreaking havoc on belg crops across six regions in Ethiopia and is spreading at an alarming rate.

• The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has called on additional stakeholders’ participation to protect major maize growing areas from complete damage.

• Led by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, the National Flood Task Force is finalizing a flood alert and flood contingency plan for preparedness and response.

• Ethiopia to host World Refugee Day in Gambella town

15 Jun 2017 description

Current Situation

In 2015 Africa experienced its worst drought in 60 years. The unusually strong El Niño weather pattern in 2015-2016, coupled with record-high temperatures, had a catastrophic effect on crops, vegetation, livestock, and water resources. Unfortunately, the drought has continued into 2017 due to lack of significant rainfall.

In addition to the drought, armed conflict, and economic decline has further exacerbated the problem for some countries.

15 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Ethiopia drought response is facing significant funding shortfalls. Available resources are expected to cover needs only until the end of June. If new resources are received now, food commodities will only arrive in the country by August/September.

  • It is expected that the Humanitarian Requirements Document caseloads will be revised upwards after the Belg assessment in May/June due to an overall deteriorating food security situation.

13 Jun 2017 description

Consecutive failed rains have led to widespread crop failures

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With a record-breaking 26.5 million people going hungry in the Horn of Africa, development banks are increasing their humanitarian funding to fill a gap left by traditional donors, a high-level mission said on Tuesday.

Food rations for 7.8 million Ethiopians are due to run out in July due to funding shortages, while neighbouring Somalia is on the verge of its second famine in six years.

09 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Floods have been reported following heavy rains in Amhara, Gambella, Oromia, SNNP and Somali regions. The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) activated the National Flood Task Force for preparedness and response.

• The Somali Regional Health Bureau, UNICEF and WHO trained 212 front line health personnel in 41 prioritized case treatment centres (CTCs) across the region on the management of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) for severely malnourished children.

09 Jun 2017 description
  • 838,722 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

  • 233,690 Households

07 Jun 2017 description
report World Vision

A. KEY MESSAGES

  • Recent rains have increased the risk of cholera / acute watery diarrhea (AWD) spreading as people collect unsafe water

  • A cholera/AWD outbreak across the region has already affected more than 67,000 people

  • Children are at the biggest risk of contracting cholera/AWD as they have weaker immune systems

  • The hunger crisis further increases children’s risk of contracting cholera/AWD as lack of nutritious food further weakens children’s ability to fight diseases

26 May 2017 description

In Numbers

7.8 million people in need of relief food assistance, inclusive of an additional 2.2 million people from Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR.

2.7 million children, and pregnant and nursing mothers in need of specialized nutritious food to treat moderate acute malnutrition. Of this number, 1.3 million live in Nutrition Hotspot Priority 1 woredas (districts).

Highlights

24 May 2017 description

by Suresh Babu | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

During times of conflict, building robust food systems can improve access to food

About 20 million people face starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, the United Nations says. Armed conflict, combined with drought and natural resource degradation have led to the breakdown of resilience in the food system in these areas.

24 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Somali region is disproportionately affected by the current acute watery diarrhea (AWD) outbreak, accounting for about 91 per cent of the cases reported in Ethiopia since the beginning of the year.

  • UNICEF support has enabled 794,150 people to access safe water. This includes 149,150 people in Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) and Tigray regions, reached during the reporting period, through construction of new water supply schemes, rehabilitation of non-functional water systems and expansion works.