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24 Apr 2017 description

Vienna, Austria, April 24, 2017. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed loan agreements totaling US$111m with partner countries Bolivia, Ethiopia and Guinea on the sidelines of the World Bank Spring Meetings held April 21-23 in Washington, DC. The agreements were signed by OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish and ministers from the beneficiary countries.

22 Apr 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

More than 5.6 million people in Ethiopia are in desperate need of food and water. The current drought hit the country before the population could recover from the devastating El Niño-induced drought in 2015 and 2016, which affected more than 10 million people.

The Government has since implemented an effective response plan, but millions of vulnerable Ethiopians are still facing severe drought conditions. The Somali and Afder regions in Ethiopia have been the worse affected. The lack of water, loss of harvests and livestock has resulted in mass displacement.

21 Apr 2017 description

In March 2016 the Logistics Cluster was activated in Ethiopia to support the Government and the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) in their response to the worst drought in 50 years.

10.2 million people needed urgent relief assistance, so the Government of Ethiopia, with WFP, as the lead agency for Logistics Cluster, took immediate action to coordinate the logistics response and augment the available logistics capacity.

21 Apr 2017 description

Rainfall remains well below-average during peak rainy season in the Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Light, uneven rainfall since late February has resulted in moderate to locally strong moisture deficits in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

21 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In 2017, so far, 51,184 children have been admitted for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). There is an 18 per cent increase in SAM admissions from January (23,523) to February (27,661). Drought affected areas show a worrying level of SAM admissions.

20 Apr 2017 description
report IRIN

James Jeffrey

Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN

DOLO ADO, 19 April 2017

Dead camels rot on the outskirts of informal settlements in Ethiopia’s rain-starved Somali region as their owners, once proudly self-sufficient pastoralists, turn to government aid to stay alive.

Read more on IRIN.

19 Apr 2017 description


  • WFP urgently needs a total of USD 378.7 million for operations in Somalia (USD 242.1 million), Kenya (USD 43.8 million) and Ethiopia (USD 92.8 million) from April to September for the drought response.

  • Nutrition screening results indicate a deterioration in the situation across the region.

  • In Somalia, WFP has increased the number of beneficiaries reached by 400 percent since January, with 1.67 million people assisted in March.

Situation Update

18 Apr 2017 description


  • This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 41 events: two Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 31 ungraded events.

  • This week, one new event has been reported: an outbreak of hepatitis E in Niger.

17 Apr 2017 description

Key Issues

  • NGOs encouraged to redirect EHF allocations to AWD response in Somali region

  • Partners to distribute ES/NFIs to displaced people in Gog and Jor woredas of Gambella region

  • Government and partners to launch water chlorination campaign in Somali region

14 Apr 2017 description

Dryness remains in the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and degraded ground conditions. However, above-average rainfall since March has helped to alleviate seasonal dryness.

  2. Despite an increase in moisture following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, long- term moisture deficits remain due to very poor rains earlier in the season throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

13 Apr 2017 description

Pest is a food security risk in a region already struggling with worsening drought

ADDIS ABABA, April 13 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have damaged crops across southern Ethiopia, the latest country to be struck by the pests in a region already struggling with widespread drought and hunger, authorities said on Thursday.

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13 Apr 2017 description


Horn of Africa

Affected areas Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan

Cause of displacement Disaster (Drought, food insecurity and conflict)

Figures More than 464,000 new displacements between 1 November 2016 and 24 March 2017

13 Apr 2017 description

Abidjan/Nairobi, 12 April 2017 – The lives and futures of more than 18 million people are at risk in the Greater Horn of Africa and in Nigeria, as a result of one of the worst hunger crisis in recent history. This unfolding humanitarian crisis will be repeated again and again without concerted efforts to build resilience on the continent, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned today.

12 Apr 2017 description

Purpose: To identify and share key lessons and recommendations on the role played by the Ethiopia Shelter & NFIs Cluster in the Humanitarian response from 2015 to 2016. Lessons learnt and recommendations will be used for improving and informing future shelter cluster responses, by evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the coordination services.


Background & Context

11 Apr 2017 description

Weather insurance, water harvesting, diverse cash crops, land management, new technologies and community-based approaches enhance Ethiopia’s resilience to climate change

Rain-fed agriculture is becoming risky business for farmers in Ethiopia. Droughts have become more frequent and nowadays Ethiopia contends with one of the most serious climatic shocks in recorded history.

11 Apr 2017 description


Dozens of hospitals have been hit by airstrikes since February 2017 - the Idlib governorate, where a recent chemical attack killed 89, has been particularly affected.

Many hospitals have stopped being functioning due to damage and health care personnel being killed or fleeing - putting an additional strain on the health system.

Some of those injured in the chemical in Idlib attack had to be transferred to hospitals in Turkey for treatment.

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11 Apr 2017 description

A product of the Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group (DRMTWG)

This report has been prepared under the auspices of the Federal Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group, co-chaired by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and OCHA with participation of Sector Co-Chairs (Government Line Ministries and Cluster Coordinators). It covers the period from 01 to 31 March 2017.