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22 May 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 14:39 GMT

Voting in the only constituency in Ethiopia with an independent member of parliament were postponed Friday, two days before the general election, the government spokesman said.

Ashebr Woldegiorgis, the only independent MP elected in 2010, had been due to run for a second term against a candidate from the ruling coalition party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

22 May 2015 description

Highlights

• In April 2015, country level year-on-year consumer price index, and therefore the cost of living, increased by 9.3 %. The food and non-alcoholic beverages and non-food price indices have increased by 10.8% and 7.6% respectively as compared to last year the same month, April 2014. The food inflation in the last two months surpassed a single digit that prevailed over a year time. Furthermore, all components of food indices rose in the month.

22 May 2015 description
infographic World Food Programme

Highlights as of May 2015

In Ethiopia, drought conditions are affecting large regions from Afar across to Borena and parts of Oromia and SNNPR. Absent or irregular and sparse rainfall implies that severe negative impacts can be expected on Belg crop production and pastoralists livelihoods, including poor livestock condition and disruption of movements.

22 May 2015 description

May 22, 2015 / 64(19);537-537

Lauren B. Browne, MD1,2; Zeray Menkir, MPH3; Vincent Kahi, MD4; Gidraf Maina, MPH4; Solomon Asnakew, MPH5; Michelle Tubman, MD5; Hajir Z. Elyas, MD6; Alemayehu Nigatu, MPH4; David Dak, MPH4; U Aye Maung, MD4; Jolene H. Nakao, MD2; Oleg Bilukha, MD2; Cyrus Shahpar, MD2 (Author affiliations at end of text)

21 May 2015 description

This study uses two rounds of the Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey (EDHS) to statistically analyze patterns and trends in undernutrition (child growth) in Ethiopia over the period 2000 to 2011. In 2000, over half of Ethiopian preschool children were stunted and almost a third were severely stunted. However, progress against child undernutrition over the study period was solid, with stunting prevalence reduced by 1.4 percentage points per year, although progress has slowed since to 1.0 points per year between 2011 and 2014.

20 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Marthe van der Wolf
May 19, 2015 11:45 AM

ADDIS ABABA— For the 2005 elections, Ethiopia’s government opened up the political arena. But when the united opposition received more votes than the ruling party expected, the government was accused of stealing back the elections and mass demonstrations against the final results turned violent. Now that there is a new prime minister, what do the opposition leaders from 10 years ago expect in the 2015 elections?

18 May 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • Since the beginning of the year, 11,675 measles cases were confirmed out of 12,421 reported cases. The Ministry of Health has not yet secured enough funding for the $38 million required to conduct the measles vaccination campaign for children under-15 planned for October.

  • The Government of Canada contributed $68,500 for the procurement and prepositioning of emergency education supplies. As of 13 May the education cluster was 2 per cent funded.

18 May 2015 description

Sixty-eight members of the Special Force of the Ethiopian federal police widened their knowledge of international human rights standards and humanitarian principles for policing. A two-day seminar organized mid-March in Addis Ababa also provided an opportunity for the members, who are also responsible for keeping peace & security during riots, violence and demonstration, to learn more about the ICRC.

18 May 2015 description

You probably don’t tune in to Days of Our Lives for health advice, but a Feed the Future project in Ethiopia is taking an out-of-the-box approach to improving nutrition through a new radio soap opera campaign that is capturing the attention of traditional pastoral families.

15 May 2015 description

JEWI REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, May 15 (UNHCR) – The night after Nyadal Dak arrived in Nip Nip refugee camp from South Sudan with her three children and an orphaned niece, it began to rain. Soon the place was flooded. That was August 2014 and the 26-year-old recalled: "Every time it rained in Nip Nip, I feared that the place would be flooded again."

15 May 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY

WFP’s Country Strategy has three pillars:

1) Disaster Risk Management and Natural Resource Management.

2) Basic Social Services.

3) Agricultural Markets and Livelihoods.

14 May 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Date: 14/05/2015

UNFPA handed over 9 forklifts and 4 vehicles to the Pharmaceutical Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) at a ceremony organized today. The forklifts and vehicles which are worth 10.4 million Birr were bought with funds made available by UNFPA's Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS).

14 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • 689,107 Total number of refugees

  • 34,752 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

  • 50.2% Percentage of women and girls

  • 53.4% Percentage of children

11 May 2015 description

GAMBELLA, 11 May 2015 (UNHCR) - On 8 May the Government refugee agency, ARRA, and UNHCR launched the relocation of thousands of South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone areas in the Gambella region to a new refugee camp located about 18 kilometres from Gambella, western Ethiopia.

By the weekend, more than 4,200 refugees had been relocated from flood-prone Leitchuor and Nip Nip camps.