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
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- Ethiopia Marks World AIDS Day with Optimism Following New Report on HIV Care and Treatment Progress
1. Executive summary
by HRA, LKO, 2017/05/18
Since five years **humedica** is running a health project in the South of Ethiopia to improve the health care of the indigenous tribe of the Kara. The Kara, who live off agriculture in the remote area of the Omo river, have a life expectancy of only 43 years, which is way below the Ethiopian average. Diseases like fungal infections, diarrhoea or pneumonia are still claiming victims, even so they are relatively easily to treat. Often the patients suffer also from malaria, various infections and vitamin deficiency.
Increasing number of refugees in the Horn of Africa
by LKO, 2017/02/03
There is not enough water, more and more cattle is dying and food supplies are already short: for years now it has not rained sufficiently in the Horn of Africa and the fear is growing that this will lead to a recurrence of the latest famine, which claimed the lives of 260.000 people in 2011.
by Nora Parasie, 2016/08/23
Instead of relaxing and taking a rest from her teaching profession during her summer vacation, the Hamburg teacher Nora Parasie took off to what seemed like a different world: as a voluntary humedica intervention team member she went to the refugee camp Melkadida, situated approximately 6.000 km away at the Ethiopian-Somali border, to assist the local team in providing medical care for the people. In her following first report from Ethiopia she talks about what kind of adventures you have to expect when undertaking such a journey.
by LKO, 2016/02/27
In our article series on El Niño we already dealt with the question what this climate phenomenon exactly is. We also had the opportunity to talk to the climate expert Mojib Latif about his forecast on possible consequences of this phenomenon.
by Daniel Warkentin/LKO, 2016/02/04
Since nearly four years now humedica regularly sends intervention teams to the South of Ethiopia to provide essential medical care for the members of the Kara tribe, which lives very secluded. Recently, nurse Daniel Warkentin from Rengsdorf was part of the team. His review illustrates what kind of challenges such an intervention far away from any civilisation may involve.
In between adventure and assignment
EPILEPSY AND LIFE ON THE RUN
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, epilepsy or hypertension are a great challenge for affected persons worldwide. If the home of the patients is not the Western part of the world, where good medical care is provided, but a poor refugee camp in Africa, this challenge can quickly become a fight for survival.
by Steven Hofmann, Martina Zelt, 2014/03/10
Water is part of our life and it is a blessing. Water for the coffee or tea at breakfast, for the cooking, for the shower, for washing our hands or laundry, for watering plants, for the flush or against the thirst. For mankind, water is one of the most precious goods there are and it is the decisive factor which guarantees our health and nutrition.
Slowly but surely more and more every-day routine establishes itself at the Melkadida refugee camp at the Ethiopian-Somali border: people cook and clean, sleep, laugh and cry, children go to school and people suffering from physical complaints attend a doctor. In order to treat the ill, humedica runs a health station for the 40,000 refugees at camp close to the city of Dollo Ado.
Since October of last year, humedica has been running a health centre at the Melkadida refugee camp in the south of Ethiopia. What had started with makeshift, but nevertheless professional treatment and supply tents, is now taking shape in form of completely new and improved buildings.
Originally, the idea of building a humedica health centre arose from the simple wish to expand medical care at Melkadida also to the more remote areas and parts of the refugee camp.
In order to survive, they had to leave behind their normal lives. Entire families fled their homes, taking with them only what they could carry themselves.
They hoped to find peace and a place to live. But the journey to get there was far from easy. It rather involved serious dangers.
Many of those who live at the Melkadida refugee camp, already shared a similar fate on their journey to the camp. Hunger, drought and violence were the reasons they left their home country Somalia. Often, they travelled for days or weeks in order to reach the reception camp at Dollo Ado.
“Dollo Ado in the south of Ethiopia is a town close to the Somalian border. Over the last few months ten thousands of desperate people have been longing to reach this destination. They came here in order to escape the consequences of the drought in their home country Somalia.
by Ruth Bücker
After the humedica team in Kaufbeuren had observed and assessed the situation at the Horn of Africa for a period of several weeks, the first humedica doctor team finally set out for Ethiopia in the middle of July, in order to offer medical aid to refugees in the border region to Somalia and Kenya.