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16 Aug 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

In areas where families were heavily reliant on their animals to survive, the loss of livestock has reduced one-time breadwinners to being recipients of aid.

Arid land and undetected diseases continue to threaten the remaining animals and are leaving entire communities in the Afar region of Ethiopia without sufficient food and income to survive.

15 Aug 2017 description

editorial

Civil war, political instability, the presence of terrorist militias, drought, famine: the current situation for most countries in the Horn of Africa is a cause for concern. Because of the difficulties and despite the immense challenges, international commitment to the region has remained strong. Switzerland also has a presence on the ground: through its governmental institutions and NGOs, it is trying not only to deal with the most pressing issues but also to establish stability and lasting peace, either directly or by supporting local organizations.

15 Aug 2017 description

Situation

  • Due to the lingering effects of the 2015-2016 El Niño-induced drought and poor October-to-December 2016 and March-to-June 2017 rainy seasons, an estimated 8.5 million people in Ethiopia require relief food assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This is in addition to 8 million chronically food insecure people who receive food or cash assistance through the Government of Ethiopia (GoE)-led Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP).

15 Aug 2017 description

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is now ranked as a Severe Humanitarian Crisis following the mid-year review in which an increased number of people were identified as needing humanitarian assistance, particularly in the food security and WASH sectors.

15 Aug 2017 description

On 8 August 2017, the government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners released the mid-year review of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2017. Southern and eastern Ethiopia continue to battle the impact of the Indian Ocean Dipole-induced drought, exacerbated by disease outbreaks, large scale loss of livelihood assets and displacement. The dire situation was further compounded by below average spring rains, the third consecutive poor/failed rains in the southern drought belt.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

7 out of 34 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 5.2 million (CSA projection)
136,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
8,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

83 out of 93 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 5.7 million (CSA projection)
830,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
97,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

34 out of 137 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 19.2 million (CSA projection)
830,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
64,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

64 out of 265 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 35.5 million (CSA projection)
1.17 million children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
143,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

2 out of 14 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 0.4 million (CSA projection)
2,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

No woreda in the region classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 1 million (CSA projection)
2,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

13 out of 129 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 21 million (CSA projection)
458,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
40,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

25 out of 32 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 1.8 million (CSA projection)
133,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
19,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

228 out of 870 woredas targeted as Hotspot Priority 1 (severely affected)*
3.6 million children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
376,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

14 Aug 2017 description

Overview

  • This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 44 events in the region. This week, two new events have been reported:
    Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Namibia and measles in Uganda. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

14 Aug 2017 description

Human impact summary

Key messages

  • On 4 June 2015, Ethiopia’s National Meteorological Agency declared that the spring belg rains had failed. Soon after, the summer kiremt rains were severely delayed and erratic, affecting 9.7 million Ethiopians.

  • An international group of scientists found that the 2015 drought was an extremely rare event that only happens about once every few hundred years in north-eastern and central Ethiopia.

12 Aug 2017 description

Well above-average seasonal rainfall continues over parts of Sudan, Ethiopia, and South Sudan

Key Messages

  • Rainfall in July continued to be above average over areas of eastern Sudan, western Ethiopia, and northeastern South Sudan, which has been favorable for cropping activities. In addition, heavier than normal rainfall is increasing the risk of flooding in many of the floodprone areas.

11 Aug 2017 description

Food Security

The number of severely food insecure people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia has increased to 14.3 million, following the publication of new data on the situation in Kenya.

11 Aug 2017 description

Pastoralist communities are facing huge losses of livestock

11 August 2017, Addis Ababa - Supporting herders to get back on their feet and preventing further livestock losses and suffering are crucial in drought-hit Ethiopia where hunger has been on the rise this year, warned today the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).