This Emergency Appeal was launched on 30 December, 2014 for CHF 1,050,574 for 9 months to support Ethiopia Red Cross provide assistance to some 34,365 persons to reduce the health risks of the South Sudan refugee population and host communities in Gambela through the provision of first aid and community-based health in Leitchour camp, Ningnang and Pagak entry points.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 150,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to respond.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 14:25 GMT
The number of hungry Ethiopians needing food aid has risen sharply this year to 4.5 million due to poor rains and the El Nino weather phenomenon, the UN has said.
With rains poorer than predicted, "food insecurity increased and malnutrition rose as a result," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.
Below average/failed Belg rains (the short rains from February-April) is expected to affect the food security of poor households in SNNPR, Oromia, Amhara and in pastoral areas of Afar and Somali regions (Famine Early Warning System Network, FEWSNET).
Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia will also increase during the second half of the year following the poor Belg rains and delayed Kiremt rains (long rains from May-September). (FEWSNET)
Germany commits 750,000 Euros for the purpose of helping hundreds of thousands of refugees hosted in Ethiopia, announced the German Embassy to the press on August 22, 2015). In a statement released by the German Embassy, the donation would support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing shortage of funds. It is announced that the funds will help ease food insecurity and reduce malnutrition rates, particularly among South Sudanese refugees, who continue to arrive in Ethiopia in large numbers, to improve their overall deprived health condition.
By Christine Nesbitt
A joint EU-UNICEF programme reaches rural communities in Ethiopia to address undernutrition among mothers and children through monitoring, treatment and guidance.
Livestock deaths continue in Afar and Sitti Zone
With far below average rainfall both during the March to May Diraac/Sugum and during the July to July to September Karan/Karma rains thus far, incredibly dry conditions have led to poor livestock body conditions and very low livestock production in most of Afar and Sitti (formerly Shinile) Zone in northern Somali Region. Unusual livestock deaths and unseasonal livestock migration continue.
US$174 million is urgently required to meet food ($110 million) and non- food ($64 million) needs during the remainder of 2015.
El Niño will impact rainfall pattern until April 2016. Current humanitarian challenges could continue well into next year.
Additional funds are needed now to address the impacts of El Niño and pre-position supplies in Ethiopia for the first quarter of 2016.
US$230 million urgently needed to address food and non-food needs for the remainder of the year
Addis Ababa, 24 August 2015: On 18 August, the Government of Ethiopia officially launched the joint-Government and humanitarian partners- Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) mid-year review. The document is a revision of the 2015 HRD - released on 6 March 2015 – based on the multi-agency belg/gu/ganna/sugum national needs assessment, which was concluded in early July 2015.
Jewi Refugee Camp was established on 15 March 2015 and hosting refugee relocated from Leitchuor and Nip Nip camps following the floods that left refugees in both locations homeless. This led to establishment of the camp which offered home for refugees to settle and live in safety and dignity. Leitchuor camp was established in late January in 2014 and received refugees relocated from Ethiopian border entry points of Akobo, Pagak, Burbiey, Pochalla.
Areas of Origin
Summary of WFP Assistance:
Addis Ababa August 18/2015 The Oromia regional state said it is undertaking drought prevention activities to curb possible drought in some parts of the state following the varying of distribution and intensity of rainfall because of the El Niño effect.
Distribution of drought-resistant and short term crops and food, water and medical supply in areas with short rainfall are among the short term measures being taken to curb the danger, Oromia Communications Affairs Office Head, Fikadu Tessema said.
Planted belg cropland reduced by 40 to 60 per cent on average, significantly reducing the belg harvest this year.
El Niño will impact rainfall pattern until April 2016, which means that current humanitarian challenges would likely continue well into next year.
This matrix is prepared and published monthly, representing what happened in various sectors in the particular reference month. This indicators matrix is a step towards showing a comprehensive picture of the current situation in Gambella region and establishing a basis for initial trend and gap analysis.
The Belg harvest has been delayed, extending the lean season from its usual end in June into September in Belg-producing areas in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), northeastern Amhara, southern Tigray, and some areas in central and eastern Oromia. With little income from labor and high staple food prices, poor households in these areas will be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) from July to September.
Pugnido is the oldest refugee camp in the Gambella Region of Western Ethiopia, and is hosting both refugees that arrived twenty years ago (since 1993) and those who arrived within recent months (after 15th December 2013). There are also refugees who arrived in 2012 following 2011 tribal conflict in Jonglei Sate of South Sudan. Since 18 Nov, 2014, some 16,183 refugees relocated from different entry points arrived in Pugnido of which 14,746 have been fully registered (level II).
Pattern in Population Change
As the refugee camps in Gambella quickly reached their capacity, Kule Refugee Camp was opened on 17 May 2014 to receive the new arrivals, transiting mainly from Akobo, Pagak and Burbiey entry points.
The poor nutritional status of children and women has been a serious problem in Ethiopia for many years. Acute and chronic malnutrition are most prevalent, with half of Ethiopian children chronically malnourished and one in ten wasted. East Hararghe (EH) is within the Ethiopian Region of Oromiya. The objective of this study was to provide a greater level of understanding of the possible causes of acute malnutrition of children 6 - 59 months in 3 livelihood zones in two districts / woredas (Fedis and Kersa) of East Harerghe Zone.