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26 Feb 2017 description

Addis Ababa February 25/2017 The Ministry of Health planned to vaccinate about 22.8 million children against measles through the national supplementary immunization activity (SIAs) to be conducted between the end of February to mid March.

Children between 9 to 59 months nationwide and 5 to 15 years old in woredas not covered in April 2016 immunization campaign are the targeted beneficiaries, a press release the Ministry dispatched to ENA said.

25 Feb 2017 description

Facts & Figures In 2017:

5.6 million people in need of food assistance

3.9 million people in need of water trucking

3 million acutely malnourished children & women including 300 000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition

1.9 million households need support to keep livestock alive

Almost 10% of the population chronically vulnerable to food insecurity

(source: UNOCHA)

24 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Rebecca Beauregard

GASHAMO, SOMALI, 15 February 2017 – Mutas does not look at his mother. He is not looking anywhere, rather he lays still, his unfocused pupils covered occasionally by heavy eyelids. While we talk, his mother, Bedra Dek, keeps her eyes entirely on him. Her one-year-old son is suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and despite the food and water shortage and her two other children, she explains that all her thoughts are focused on him improving.

23 Feb 2017 description

Since November 2016, 578 schools have closed and the education of 228,000 children is disrupted in drought-affected areas, mainly due to non-availability of food and water in schools. Parents and children are moving to places where food and water are available.

At the moment, there are 163,000 internally displaced school-aged children in drought affected areas.

23 Feb 2017 description

As part of its efforts in strengthening the capacities of its implementing partners to prepare and respond to humanitarian crisis across Ethiopia, IOM partnered with UNICEF to organize a training for Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) branch staff members and regional government officials.

23 Feb 2017 description
report UNAIDS

The Italian Government signed on 21 February a financing agreement for €500 000 to support UNAIDS’ efforts to end the AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia. The funds will be invested in a special project to bolster UNAIDS’ work in improving community health education and capacity- and knowledge-building. The project will be implemented across 10 areas of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region of the country over a 12-month period.

22 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • The revised hotspot woredas list (December 2016) classified 34 additional hotspot woredas as compared with the last classification which took place in July 2016. Of the 192 hotspot woredas, 67 are found in the Somali region, 43 are in Oromia, nine are in SNNP and 23 are in Afar region.

  • UNICEF has procured 200,000 tubes of scabies treatment cream permethrin 5 per cent, and 200,000 more tubes are in the pipeline. A total of 750,000 tubes have been procured by UNICEF since early 2016.

21 Feb 2017 description

Key Issues

  • The Central Emergency Response Fund allocates US$18.5 million for Ethiopia’s new drought

  • Humanitarian response well underway, dispersed pastoralist settlements posing challenges

The Central Emergency Response Fund allocates US$18.5 million for Ethiopia’s new drought

21 Feb 2017 description

New York, 21 February 2017 - With the Horn of Africa facing one of the worst droughts in decades, more than 5.6 million people in Ethiopia alone are in desperate need of life’s basic necessities. To provide time-critical aid to more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia’s worst-hit Somali region, Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien has released US$18.5 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

20 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • 5.6 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance, under the 2017 Humanitarian Requirement Document. 2.7 million children, pregnant and breast-feeding women will be in need of specialized nutritious food.

  • The relief operation urgently need funding to provide critical food assistance to the drought affected population in the Somali Region.

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