While Ethiopia battles residual needs from the 2015/2016 El Niño-induced drought, below average 2016 autumn rains in the southern and southeastern parts of the country have led to a new drought in lowland pastoralist areas, as well as in pocket areas across the country. As a result, some 5.6 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2017. In addition, 2.7 million children and pregnant and lactating mothers require supplementary feeding, 9.2 million people need support to access safe drinking water, 1.9 million households need livestock support, and 300,000 children between 6-59 months old are targeted for the treatment for severe acute malnutrition in 2017. Drought conditions are expected to peak during the dry December to March jilaal season, which is likely to lead to a sharper deterioration in livestock body conditions, and impacting milk production and nutrition status of the families that depend on livestock for their food and income. During the dry season, the response will be complemented by supplementary food based on regular screenings to ensure the most vulnerable are reached. (OCHA, 17 Feb 2017)
22 de enero, 2016 — El Niño amenaza la salud de 60 millones de personas en países en desarrollo, advirtió hoy la Organización Mundial de la Salud.
La OMS asegura que el fenómeno climatológico está asociado con la propagación del cólera, la malaria, el sarampión y otras enfermedades en África, Sudamérica y el Pacífico.
El Niño provoca el calentamiento de una parte del Océano Pacífico, lo que está afectando a los patrones de lluvia y las temperaturas, especialmente en las regiones tropicales.
Save the Children is calling on the United Nations to urgently raise the global alarm on Ethiopia’s worst drought in 50 years as global leaders, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, prepare to arrive in the nation’s capital for the 26th African Union Summit starting on January 25th.
The call comes as new figures reveal an estimated *350,000 newborns are expected in drought-affected communities in the six months to August 2016 when Ethiopia’s ‘hunger season’ peaks, according to Save the Children.
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22 janvier 2016 – L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et ses partenaires ont prédit vendredi pour cette année une forte hausse des conséquences néfastes en matière de santé des situations d'urgence créées dans le monde par le phénomène climatique El Niño, estimant qu'elles affecteront au moins 60 millions de personnes.
El Niño threatens at least 60 million people in high-risk developing countries, WHO says
Geneva, 22 January 2016—The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:26 GMT
By Katy Migiro
NAIROBI, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donors are not responding fast enough to an "unprecedented" drought in Ethiopia, where over 400,000 children under five are severely malnourished despite strong economic growth and big development gains over the last decade, aid agencies said.
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• In December 2015, the overall year-on-year inflation rate was 10%; the food inflation rate was higher, at12.1%. Non-food inflation rate stood at 7.7. Regionally, there were wide disparities: the highest inflation rate was recorded in Afar (15.6%), followed by Addis Ababa and Oromia (12.5%), Gambella (12.4%) and the lowest inflation rate was in SNNP (5.4%).
Alors que la Corne de l’Afrique connaît toujours une multitude de crises, qu'il s'agisse de cycles récurrents de conflits ou de catastrophes naturelles, touchant des millions de personnes, l’UE a annoncé qu'elle accorderait une aide humanitaire de 77 millions d’euros à cette région en 2016.
With the Horn of Africa continuing to face a multitude of crises from recurrent cycles of conflict to natural disasters, affecting millions of people, the EU has today announced €77 million in humanitarian aid for the region in 2016.
The Horn of Africa region is hosting some 1.7 million refugees. More than half a million live in Kenya.
Information for this Early Warning/Early Action document is gathered from varying sources through desk top assessments, personal interviews and anecdotal understanding of humanitarian contexts throughout the region. This document is produced monthly and has been developed to provide a snap shot of important information for World Vision managers to promote and track trends relevant to their work.
Increased rainfall in December improves production prospects in the Eastern Horn
Rainfall performance has been above average in most areas that are depend on the October to December “short rains” season, mostly over the Eastern Horn of Africa. This rainfall, which is attributable to the very strong and ongoing El Niño event, created favorable conditions for crop production.
Four Ethiopian towns will achieve universal coverage for water supply and sanitation by 2020 through a new loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Approved on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the USD 76.11-million loan will improve the lives of nearly one million people in the towns of Adama, Adwa, Bichena and Gode and the nearby villages.
“The project will help increase both water supply and sanitation coverage to 100%,” said Mohamed El Azizi, Director, Water and Sanitation, at the AfDB.
Nigeria: An outbreak of Lassa viral haemorrhagic fever was announced in Nigeria on 8 January. At least 140 suspected cases and 30 confirmed cases, including 53 deaths, have been reported in 14 states. The indicated case fatality rate stands at 37.9%.
Gambia: Almost 182,000 people (9% of the population) are severely food insecure after erratic rains caused drought and crop failure. Most affected regions are Upper River, West Coast, and Northern Bank.
Admission rates of severely malnourished children (SAM) into therapeutic feeding program sites decreased since its peak in August 2015 as a result of the partial green harvest and on-going Government and partners’ nutrition interventions.
The timely funding of the food sector is critical to prevent pipeline breaks, and the impact on malnutrition levels.
The Ethiopian Red Cross Society distributed worth of more than 3.45 million ETB non-food items (NFI) to 2000 households who are internal displaced due to drought in Erer and Afdem districts of Sitti Zone in Somali Region from 13 to 31 December 2015.
It was reported that 1000 NFI kits filled with 12 items each were distributed in Erer District for 1000 households and another 1000 KITs for 1000 households in Afdem District of Sitti Zone.
733,644 Total number of refugees
39,273 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children
49.6% Percentage of women and girls
57.4% Percentage of Children
Population of concern-updated
A total of 733,644 of concern
(As of 31December 2015)
USD 318.9 million requested
ADDIS ABABA – A recent contribution by the Czech Republic allows the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide specialized nutritious food to 8,000 children and mothers in drought-affected areas of Ethiopia for three months.
15 January 2016, Rome -- The strongest El Niño weather episode in the last several decades has caused repeated crop failure, decimated livestock herds and driven some 10.2 million people across Ethiopia into food insecurity, FAO said today, as it presented its emergency response plan to urgently protect livestock and rebuild crop production in the Horn of Africa nation.
Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in decades, with over 10.2 million people requiring food aid in 2016. An estimated 435,000 children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM), and more than 1.7 million children, pregnant and lactating women with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) will require supplementary feeding.
As of October 2015, UNICEF has supported the treatment of 291,214 under-five children suffering severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with a cure rate of 88 per cent.