Following a delayed onset (by two to three weeks on average), the performance of the seasonal belg/gu/ganna/sugum rains gradually improved in most parts of the country. Water sources were replenished and pasture rejuvenated. Areas receiving inadequate rainfall remained dry.
Severe water and pasture shortages, deteriorating livestock body condition and livestock deaths were reported in these areas. Further spikes in malnutrition are expected during the April-June hunger season.
The situation is more concerning given the on-going measles outbreaks nationwide.
Preventing the spread of the outbreak is crucial to avert high morbidity and mortality rates, especially in nutrition hotspot priority 1 and 2 woredas. US$ 650,000 is urgently required for enhanced public health surveillance and response to measles.
There is a 93 per cent resource shortfall (US$25.4 million) for the third round relief food ration expected to be distributed in June-July, which is the height of the hunger season. Lack of funds to procure supplies for the management of nearly 265,000 acutely malnourished children in 2015 is also worrying. The HRF contributed US$1 million. UNICEF urgently requires an additional $3.7 million.
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