Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 12 September 2016

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 12 Sep 2016

Key Issues

  • The Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocates US$5.4m for acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) response

  • The Federal Ministry of Education calls on partners to address integrated school health programme

  • Humanitarian and development partners advocate for increased refugee host communities’ projects

Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors.

Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund allocates US$5.4m for acute watery diarrhoea response

Recent flooding continues to displace people as well as damaging several water points. On 02 September 2016, the Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team released a joint plan to support Government response to acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) in Ethiopia. The plan is aligned with the Government's National Preparedness and Response Plan for AWD and the revised 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD). The AWD plan outlines activities in the health and WaSH domains requiring $22.4m to the end of 2016, which donors are encouraged to support.

In response to the funding requirements, the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF), OCHA-administered multi-donor pooled fund, has allocated US$5.4m to 10 projects following a recent call for proposal to AWD response. A further $600,000 is committed to address uncovered priority woredas. A technical committee comprising Health and WaSH clusters, OCHA and center for disease control (CDC) appraised the project proposals. Donors are encouraged to support the funding gap for AWD response.

Ministry of Education calls for integrated school health programme

The Ministry of Education has called on partners to work together to address the immediate health needs of school children in the country. The Ministry has made this request to the partners involved in the School Health Integrated Programming (SHIP). he SHIP aims to address gaps in School Health and Nutrition, including strengthening coordination in deworming and vision screening which is expected to reduce school absenteeism and dropouts.

According to the Education Cluster, 1.3 million children were unable to access learning opportunities as a result of drought and flooding and this number increased to four million in June 2016. About 4,650 schools have no access to drinking water and 2,150 schools have no latrines in emergency affected areas. Government and other partners provided some 3.1 million school children with school feeding until June. School feeding and provision of learning supplies and close monitoring have positive impact in reducing school dropouts.

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