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31 Jul 2018 description

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.

23 Jul 2018 description

(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.

19 Apr 2018 description

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.

21 Jul 2017 description

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.

26 May 2016 description

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