NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 2017 (IPS) - The Horn of Africa is often synonymous with extreme poverty, conflict, demographic pressure, environmental stress, and under-investment in basic social services such as health, education, access to clean water and infrastructure.
Emergency outcomes likely to persist in southeastern pastoral areas
This report consolidates findings from previous activities by FAO and other stakeholders, and identifies in the four focus countries (Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti & Somalia): - the location and direction of the main livestock trade routes, - appropriate sites for rehabilitation & development of strategic livestock water sources, - good practices on fodder production and commercialization units as well as rehabilitation of natural rangelands in production areas and along the livestock export trade routes, and potential sites for replication/upscaling of these practices.
By Sisay Seyoum and Kidist Negash
Comprehensive humanitarian responses focusing on people of all ages, if developed by multiple agencies could go a long way to lessen pain and loss of lives in emergency situations.
The Press has reported Ethiopia among countries in the region seriously hit by the ongoing drought and related food insecurity.
Addis Ababa July 19, 2017 Ethiopia has made a significant reduction in child malnutrition for children aged 6 to 23 months, according to United Nations International Children’s and Emergency Fund.
In a consultative workshop on improving complimentary feeding for children that opened today, UNICEF Representative Siddig Ibrahim said Ethiopia has reduced child malnutrition from 58 percent in 2000 to 38 percent in 2016.
The Representative attributed the progress to the government’s commitment to ending child stunting and malnutrition.
7.8 million people are in need of emergency food assistance in Ethiopia, this figure is expected to increase to up to 15 million during the second half of the year.
In Ethiopia, Somali region (bordering Somalia) is most affected by drought and food insecurity; a dire food security emergency is ongoing. Approximately, 2.5 million people will require emergency food assistance in Somali Region. As of June, the worst-affected households were classified to be in 'Emergency' (IPC Phase 4).
Severe food insecurity in Somali Region likely to deteriorate further given lack of food aid
Today, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) celebrated the launch of a partnership with Amref Health Africa that will sustainably improve the health and enable the economic empowerment of more than 500,000 people living in communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda through improved access to safe water and sanitation as well as economic empowerment through income generating opportunities.
Partners have prioritized urgent financial requirements for acute, timesensitive humanitarian needs.
The new humanitarian hotspot classification revealed an increase in woredas requiring immediate lifesaving intervention from 192 to 228.
Inter-regional AWD response coordination crucial ahead of Kulubi Gabriel religious event on 26 July.
Amhara allocates close to ETB 31 million for flood mitigation; flash floods reported in Oromia.
Number of people needing humanitarian assistance on the rise
14 July 2017, Rome - Poor rains across East Africa have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead - according to an alert released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Illustrating the extent and severity of the 2016/17 Horn of Africa drought
The number of woredas (districts) requiring urgent humanitarian response has returned to levels not seen since the height of El Niño drought impacts in 2016, and have increased in terms of total number affected and those classified as Priority 1. Of the 461 current hotspots, nearly half (228) are considered top priority. From December 2016 to June 2017, the status of 102 woredas worsened while just 34 improved.
A sharp increase in the number of South Sudanese refugees was recorded following clashes in Mathiang County of South Sudan, 50 km from the Ethiopian border. Approximately 4 000 persons reached Pagak Reception Centre through a variety of entry points with a peak in the arrival rate of 500 persons per hour. An indefinite number of people have also sought refuge directly within host communities.
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The UK Department for International Development announced £90 million of support for family planning in Ethiopia.
The UK, through its Department for International Development today announced its new Family Planning by Choice programme, which will provide £90 million of support for voluntary family planning in Ethiopia over the next four years.
The programme will work with the Federal Ministry of Health to give millions of women access to modern, voluntary family planning services across the country.
The programme aims to:
CLIMATE OUTLOOK FOR KIREMT 2017
Based on the global, regional and local pre-seasonal indicators as well as their dynamical/statistical predictions, the following conclusions can be drawn for the Kiremt climate outlook 2017
Normal onset over much of seasonal rain benefiting areas while early onset across west, southwest and central parts of the country.
Slightly early cessation over pocket areas of northeast lowlands otherwise normal cessation of seasonal rain over the major portions of the country.
Rising needs: Following poor performing spring rains, the number of people receiving humanitarian assistance has increased from 5.6 million to 7.8 million in the first quarter of the year, and is expected to heighten further in the second half of the year. Increased funding is needed urgently, to address immediate requirements for food and nutrition, as well as clean drinking water.
(MissionNewswire) Thanks to a partnership between the Don Bosco International Volunteers for Development (VIS), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), young boys in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have a new lease on life. Determined to address one of Ethiopia’s most pressing socioeconomic challenges—the burgeoning number of abandoned, runaway and otherwise at-risk children fending for themselves in the city—Don Bosco VIS and UNODC launched the “Rehabilitation and Reintegration Services for Children in Conflict with the Law” in November 2015.