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17 Apr 2015 description

Adama April 17/2015 Ethiopia, among the top TB-burden countries, managed to reduce Multiple Drug Resistance TB (MDR-TB) related deaths by 70 percent,

The nation has also achieved the Millennium Development Goal related to reduction incidence, prevalence and mortality rate of all types of TB.

TB incidence, prevalence and mortality declined by 50.4 percent, 50 percent and 63 percent respectively, said Dr. Andargachew Kumsa Director for Disease Control and Prevention.

17 Apr 2015 description
  • Food security and nutrition in the Horn of Africa remains fragile with high vulnerability persisting in arid and semi-arid lands. Frequent natural and man-made disasters continue to erode the income earning assets of poor families.

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees crossing into Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda is still rising. The region is also home to close to 1 million refugees from Somalia, while the internal displacement of 1.5 million people remains a constant challenge.

16 Apr 2015 description
  • With more than 680 000 refugees, Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya as the country in Africa with the highest number of refugees.

  • Since the conflict erupted in South Sudan, about 196 000 additional refugees have arrived. Malnutrition rates among South Sudanese refugees are under the emergency level.

  • In 2015, the European Commission has allocated €21 million for humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia.

13 Apr 2015 description

W/ro Gede Gayo, 40, is a resident in Dembi Sebent Kebele in Moyale District of Borena Zone in Oromia Regional State. She is married and has seven children, five females and two males.

W/ro Gede indicated that people in her kebele have abandoned open defecation following the hygiene and sanitation activities carried out under the Early Recovery after Drought Project implemented in 2013 by the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) with the financial support from Swiss Red Cross.

13 Apr 2015 description

Key Issues

  • Additional support in emergency food, shelter, WaSH and health is needed to bolster the Afar flood response.

  • 13,000 people in Minjar Shenkora woreda of North Shewa zone and East Belessa woreda of North Gonder zone immediately need water trucking support.

  • A multi-agency assessment is planned for 14 - 24 April to gauge the level of needs in drought-affected Arsi, West Arsi, Bale, East and West Hararge zones, Oromia region.

11 Apr 2015 description


  • 682,761 Total number of refugees

  • 199,348 South Sudanese refugees since 15 Dec.2013

  • 71% South Sudanese new arrivals who are female

  • 67% South Sudanese new arrivals who are children

11 Apr 2015 description


  • IOM has assisted a total of 188,850 refugees: 185,987 in Gambella and 2,863 in Benishangul‐Gumuz since the conflict broke out.

  • 939 refugees from Gambella and 48 in Benishangul have been relocated since the last update.

  • IOM and partners are working to get the refugees from Leitchour relocated to Jewii camp as of 15 April 2015.

10 Apr 2015 description
report Fida International

Fida has been battling to erase prejudice against HIV-positive people in East Africa with success.

HIV Infections Decreased by More than a Half

  • In 2004 Fida started a HIV/AIDS project in Ethiopia, focusing on Debre Zeit, a city of approximately hundred thousand people.

  • Before the project, Debre Zeit had one of the worst HIV problems in Ethiopia. Up to seven per cent of the city's residents had HIV.

08 Apr 2015 description
report Food for the Hungry

By Kebede Lulie on April 8, 2015

The Sekota district is a highly drought-prone district of Amhara region in Ethiopia. Almost every year there is not enough rainfall to grow food for all the residents. In the early eighties, thousands died due to hunger, starvation and malnutrition-related diseases. But things have changed.

Meet Adane Berihanu.