Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) high level officials had paid a visit to Kindo Koyesha Woreda Wolaita Zone.The visit basically aims at the distribution of water to the communities suffering from water due to the recurrent drought occurred in the Woreda.
Following the arrival of water truck in the area, a crowd of people flagged their hands with inexpressible joy; having naturally out-breaking smile from deep inside on their face.
APOPO, the NGO that trains African giant pouched rats to detect tuberculosis in patients missed by local clinics in Tanzania and Mozambique, is proud to announce the opening of its new TB-detection program in Ethiopia, funded by the Skoll Foundation.
APOPO will work alongside the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) an autonomous federal government organ, and the Addis Ababa Regional Health Bureau to identify more TB-Positive patients in Addis Ababa.
Despite widespread emergency response in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector last year to the El Niño-induced drought, humanitarian needs remain high in 2017. New threats to food security are emerging – including severe drought in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and a growing refugee crisis in Gambella Region. Livelihood recovery will remain slow for El Niño-affected farmers, especially those in areas where harvests were below average.
Severe drought has taken hold in parts of the Horn of Africa (HoA) region following a long dry spell. Some affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia were yet to recover from the 2015-16 El Niño- drought when rains failed again. 16.8 million people across the region face food and water shortages and it is predicted that the next rainy season, from March to May, will again disappoint. 10.7 million people need urgent food assistance.
A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country—or 4.9 million people—are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.
The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths.
The cluster projects 303,000 children with SAM will be treated in 2017; of these, 130,000 SAM cases in IOD affected woredas in Somali, parts of SNNP, Oromia and Afar regions. The cost for treatment supplies and related costs to address the expected SAM cases amounts to US$14.3 million, of which only US$4.2 million are currently available. The projections for required MAM commodities in priority one woredas is US$32 million, of which US$16 million is currently available and US$23.6 million required for priority 2 woredas, for which no funding is currently available.
The number of households in need of shelter & NFI assistance has reached 45,000 in the first 2 months of 2017, more than two-thirds of the projected new displacements in the Humanitarian Requirements Document. A pipeline break of emergency shelter/NFIs is expected by May given current drought and conflict induced displacement trends. As of 28 February, the Cluster had reached 6,900 households with emergency shelter and household items, amounting to 15.4% of the needs. The Cluster has 15,693 kits in stock and 12,000 kits in the pipeline.
Addis Ababa March 21, 2017 World Food Programme (WFP) has donated 600,000 USD worth laboratory equipment and vehicles to the Ethiopian Strategic Food Reserve Agency today.
At the handover ceremony, WFP Representative and Country Director, John Aylieff said the donation will help to shape a new and modern food security reserve.
Food reserves play a pivotal role in assuring national food security of many countries across the world, he added.
According to him, WFP has been assisting the establishment of food reserves since the early 1990s.
WFP is urgently required to scale up its assistance from 1.2 million to 1.6 million people in the Somali Region due to the worsening food insecurity situation.
The 2017 drought is currently impacting the Southern and Southern-East part of the country the most, as well as areas of the Southern Nations Nationalities People’s Region (SNNPR). In addition, the refugee influx from South Sudan and Somalia remain a concern.
5.6 million people in need of relief assistance.
4.7 million are targeted in the joint WFPGovernment of Ethiopia (GoE) response, with the balance assisted by the NGO consortium Joint Emergency Operations Programme (JEOP)
2.7 million moderately acute malnourished children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women in need of specialised nutritious food, of which WFP will assist 1.3 million in Priority 1 woredas.
USD 436 million requirement from March to December 2017 for Relief, TSF, PSNP and Refugee activities.
68,858 South Sudanese arrivals since 3 September 2016, based on reports from Gambella (as of 11 March 2017)
356,304 Total South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers in Ethiopia (both in Gambella and Assosa as of 11 March 2017) – This is an estimated figure; confirmed numbers will be provided at the end of the month
FUNDING (as of 7 March 2017)
USD 160.8 M Requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in Ethiopia
811,555 Number of refugees registered in the country
17,919 Number of refugees newly registered in January and February 2017
9,839 Number of refugees newly registered in February
42,109 Number of unaccompanied and separated children
WORKING WITH PARTNERS
Livestock assistance in drought affected areas includes animal health, destocking and animal feed support. The map below indicates ongoing and planned livestock related activities of organizations that support the drought response. The below normal forecast of the March - May (gu/ganna) rains may further exacerbate the problem and increase the current resource requirements in south and southeastern pastoral areas
Acute malnutrition spikes in Somali region
Government and partners concerned by the deteriorating humanitarian situation amidst funding gap
Ministry of Education calls for additional fund to meet Emergency School Feeding needs
UK aid agencies have launched a fundraising appeal to help 16 million people who need food, water and medical treatment in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan
Addis Ababa March 20/2017 Ethiopia has launched its first Agricultural Extension Strategy today.
Speaking at a workshop organized for the launching of the strategy for stakeholders, Agriculture and Natural Resources Minister Dr. Eyasu Abreha said the strategy will create effective and efficient agricultural extension system in the country.
According to the minister, the strategy will use market-oriented, demand driven and pluralistic practices and methods.
The 29th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board, which was held in Bonn, Germany on 16-17 March 2017, has endorsed a USD 6.8 million proposal submitted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) entitled “Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative (ACREI).” Targeted countries include Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
This makes WMO the first Multilateral Implementing Entity to have a regional proposal approved by the Adaptation Fund Board under the Pilot Programme for regional projects and programmes.