Ethiopia: Extra humanitarian aid worth € 1.675 million to help victims of drought
The European Commission has approved additional funding worth 1.675 million Euro to provide rapid emergency assistance over the next seven months for an estimated two million people living in drought-affected regions of Ethiopia. Channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), the operations will concentrate on the following sectors: food aid and health care; water-supply and logistical support. ECHO funding already made available for Ethiopia since the beginning of the crisis amounts to 5.29 million Euro. This fresh funding brings the total amount to 6.965 million Euro. In addition, a separate EU food aid operation is sending 432 500 metric tonnes of cereals to Ethiopia this year.
Operations will be implemented by international agencies and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The main areas of activity and partners are outlined below:
- Support for ongoing emergency nutritional intervention in the most affected districts of the Somali region. Primarily therapeutic feeding, safe-water supply and medical care focusing on malnourished children. Implementing NGO: Médecins Sans Frontières- Belgium.
- Provision and distribution of essential medical supplies to NGOs and existing health services, targeting the most critical diseases in order to improve basic health coverage at regional level (UNICEF).
- Improvements to field-level operational co-ordination; strengthening of global relief initiatives; provision of air lift support to facilitate access to operations and security for agencies in the southern zones (World Food Programme).