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28 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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28 Dec 2001 description
report Addis Tribune

The government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Government of Canada signed a 65 million birr memorandum of understanding to support the Amhara National Regional State in its program to increase retention and use of water for irrigation. Minister of State of Finance and Economic Development, Dr.

19 Dec 2001 description

Highlights

Insufficient rains during the recent deyr season (late September through November) in southern and eastern parts of the Somali region are raising concerns about pasture and water availability for livestock during the ensuing long jilaal (dry) season (December to March).

The Republic of Yemen has recently lifted its ban imposed since September 2000 on livestock imports from the Horn of Africa.

18 Dec 2001 description

WHO has received reports of 391 cases including 37 deaths from 10 September until 10 December 2001. The majority of these cases (307 including 16 deaths) have occurred in the Sidama Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR). Within the Sidama Zone, the woredas of Dale and Sheedino are the most severely affected.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Health has provided 250 000 doses of vaccine for a mass vaccination campaign in the affected areas, which will be carried out with the support of Médecins sans Frontières (Holland).

=A9 WHO/OMS, 2001

17 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 17 December (IRIN) - Eritrea on Monday rejected accusations by Ethiopia that it is mobilising troops in the buffer zone between the two countries, and that it is providing support to the Somali radical Islamic group Al-Ittihad.

14 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 14 December (IRIN) - The UN World Food Programme on Friday welcomed a 2.25 million pounds (sterling) donation, equivalent to some US $3.24 million, from the British government to help feed over three million Kenyans affected by drought - which affected the country severely in 2000 and earlier this year, and is still continuing in parts of the country.

14 Dec 2001 description
report Addis Tribune

One year after the signing of the Peace Agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, many people are still affected by the consequences of the war.

13 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 13 December (IRIN) - Peace talks aimed at bringing about reconciliation between the Transitional National Government (TNG) and factions opposed to it, which were due to open in Nairobi on Thursday, will now start on Friday, a Kenyan government source told IRIN.

13 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 13 December (IRIN) - The largest ever polio vaccination programme in Ethiopia designed to bring about full eradication of the disease suffered a setback on Thursday after five suspected cases of the disease were discovered. The suspected cases were all found in children under five years of age living in the Somali region of the country. "If this is polio then that is a severe setback," Afewerk Ayele, from the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF told IRIN. "It would be bad for our programme and for the country.

13 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

TIGRAY, NORTHERN ETHIOPIA, 13 December (IRIN) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed fears for tens of thousands of Ethiopians in Tigray region who were displaced from their homes during the war with Eritrea, following a decision to withdraw food aid at the end of the month, a WFP spokesman told IRIN this week. Almost 200,000 people who have returned home will be affected by the move. Donors, who have been funding a US $50 million a year programme for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are unwilling to fund families who have since returned home and are starting …

12 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 12 December (IRIN) - An outbreak of meningitis has reportedly killed six people in Gambella regional state, western Ethiopia, since early October, the pro-government Walta Information Center (WIC) reported on 11 December. The disease which was originally reported in three districts over the last 10 days is now spreading to other districts, the head of the state's health bureau, Kor Patch said, according to WIC. WIC quotes Kor as saying that in the last few days 17 new cases have been reported.

11 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 11 December (IRIN) - Violent tribal clashes in the south of Ethiopia in recent months have left at least 60 people dead and almost 200 wounded, according to reliable reports received by the UN. Hundreds of families have fled their homes after skirmishes between the Borana and Garre tribes, who have a long history of fighting over land use, a UN source told IRIN.

10 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 10 December (IRIN) - Tens of thousands of people living in the eastern Ethiopian region of Dire Dawa will be in need of emergency food relief next year because of a poor harvest, the Dire Dawa Administration Disaster Prevention and Preparedness office has warned. The office head, Tesfamariam Seyoum, said on Friday that an early warning team from the Dire Dawa administration had predicted that the number in need would reach as high as 37,000 people, the pro-government Walta Information Centre reported on Saturday.

07 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

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30 Nov 2001 description

Summary of published paper1

The long-held traditional approach to treating severely malnourished individuals in emergencies is challenged in a recent 'viewpoint' article published in the Lancet. Dr. Steve Collins argues that a therapeutic feeding (TF) centre's huge requirement for resources, skilled staff and imported therapeutic products makes the operation very expensive and highly dependent upon external support.

30 Nov 2001 description


By Vanessa Tilstone

Vanessa Tilstone has worked for HelpAge International in Ethiopia for the last 3 years as the Country Programme Director and has worked previously in Mozambique, Ethiopia, Malawi and Brazil. Dolline Busolo is the Regional Nutritionist for Helpage and has been based in Nairobi for the last 2 years.

28 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 28 November (IRIN) - The delegation from the Transitional National Government (TNG) of Somalia, which has been in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, since Monday, for talks with Ethiopian government, left on Wednesday. The six-man delegation, led by the newly installed prime minister, Hasan Abshir Farah, which was visiting the country at the invitation of the Ethiopian government, held discussions with senior Ethiopian officials, including Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.