Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods and Landslides - Apr 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Aug 2017
- Ethiopia: Measles Outbreak - May 2017
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Ethiopia: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Outbreak - May 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Apr 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Ethiopia: Drought - 2015-2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2014
Most read reports
- Ethiopia: Renewed influx of Eritrean refugees, 12th September to 13th October 2018
- German Launches Special Training Initiative to Refugees in Ethiopia
- Ethiopia – Eritrean Refugee Influx (DG ECHO, UNHCR, NRC) (ECHO Daily Flash of 26 September 2018)
- Ethiopia: The 2018 HDRP is facing a US$416.4 million funding shortfall to cover needs until the end of the year
- Change and Continuity in Protests and Political Violence PM Abiy’s Ethiopia
Whilst older people have special needs, they also have unique skills, experiences and roles within their families, communities and societies. These roles continue to a certain extent during droughts, though household burdens may increase as younger adults have migrated or are grazing livestock further away.
(Nairobi, 19th July 2018), At least 1 million people, the majority of whom being women and children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance following recent inter-communal conflict in Ethiopia. Aid agencies in Ethiopia are appealing for critical and urgent assistance for close to a million people that have fled their homes following inter-communal violence along the border of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNPR) and Oromia Regions of Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa, April 19, 2018: The Ethiopia Government and humanitarian agencies should prioritise protecting older people from malnutrition, according to a new field report on emergency nutrition in Ethiopia by HelpAge International.
Drawing lessons learned from the recent worst drought to have hit Ethiopia and other Horn of Africa states, the report published in the latest edition of the Field Exchange points out that older people receive little attention in emergency situations.
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.
Inadequacy of healthcare in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe revealed in new HelpAge report
By Ben Small
The provision of and older people's access to health services across Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe is wholly inadequate, a new report from HelpAge International and Age International has found.
Ethiopia has been enduring its worst drought in decades. The adverse weather conditions brought about by El Niño has led to two consecutive rainy seasons failing.
Harvests have yielded little and water sources dried up. Subsequent food shortages are putting millions of Ethiopians at risk of malnutrition, while poor access to water is leading to hygiene and sanitation issues - a grave threat to public health.
Older people's needs
By Judith Escribano
Countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia have been affected by severe drought for many months.
So 100 days ago, in July 2011, our sister organisation Age UK and the UK-based Disasters Emergency Committee launched an appeal for the crisis. HelpAge receives money from these appeals to help older people affected.
In Ethiopia, we are providing food and cash to over 3,500 older people and their families (approximately 24,500 people) in Borana Zone and Dollo Ado.
By Navdha Malhotra
Galgollo Guyo is 85 and cuts trees and sells firewood to earn money on the days he does not receive food rations.
He says: "When the market is good, I can sell firewood and get about 10 Birr. With 10 Birr, I am able to buy 1 kg of maize meal. This will last us for one day."
His family is surviving on one meal a day. "My wife prepares raw wheat boiled with water for our lunch and we drink tea at night."
HelpAge International is providing emergency relief to 6,400 households in Borena, Ethiopia. We are distributing cash grants to older people so they can buy the food they need, and animal feed and veterinary care for livestock.
Severe food crisis
Erar district is located in the Awash drainage basin, which lies west of Amara-Highlands in Ethiopia.
HelpAge International and local partner Aged and Children's Pastoralist Association (ACPA) have been providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to 60,000 vulnerable drought affected older people and their families since late 2009.
Older people have taken the lead, helping to decide where latrines and wells should be built.
As millions of people face hunger in Ethiopia due to the worst drought in a decade, HelpAge International is stepping up its emergency response programme in the country.
Last week clouds gathered over the lowlands, but, according to HelpAge Ethiopia Country Director Alison Rusinow, the rains have come too late to bring much relief.
"Drought is nothing new to this part of Africa, but what is different according to many of the older people we have spoken to, is the frequency with which it hits. People experienced drought every ten years or so, but now it is almost constant.
Millions of Ethiopians are in need of emergency assistance due to food shortages and drought which are set to worsen over the coming months.
An estimated 4.5 million people are said to require immediate food aid. This is on top of the 7.2 million already receiving food or cash assistance from government support programmes.
March and April of this year saw late and sporadic rains, and the two previous rains failed.
Pastoralist Thata Buba, 75, with one of his few remaining weak cattle.
Nearly a million older people are estimated to be at risk of starvation in the East Africa, according to HelpAge International field assessments. The region is experiencing one of the worst droughts this decade, exacerbated by repeated failure of the rains since 1984.
The latest warnings of severe food shortages in Africa come from Ethiopia, where 11.2 million people will need food support by early in 2003, according to the latest assessments by UN agencies and international NGOs. The donor response so far will not provide enough food to meet needs on this scale.