Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 27 May 2013

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 27 May 2013

Seasonal Outlook

The National Meteorological Agency (NMA) reported that the performance of the belg (mid-February to May) rains was above average in Southern and Eastern parts of the country and average in central and western Ethiopia. However, late onset and a prolonged dry spell were reported in Southern Tigray and Eastern Amhara Regions. To account for the delayed rains, the national belg needs assessment – which will inform the humanitarian needs for the second half of the year – is tentatively scheduled for mid-June.

Regarding the kiremt (June to September) 2013 seasonal outlook, NMA forecast normal to above normal rainfall in the Southern and Eastern parts of the country with the exception of the Tekeze basin (North Amhara and Southern Tigray), which might have below average rainfall. For more information, contact

Health Update

Following the confirmation of Yellow Fever cases on 15 May 2013, The Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute’s Public Health Emergency Management center (EHNRI/PHEM) formally notified the situation to WHO as per the International Health Regulation (IHR), which requires notification of a confirmed case of Yellow Fever to the WHO IHR Focal Point. To date, a total of 105 cases were reported to EHNRI/PHEM from South Ari, Benatsemay and Selmago woredas of South Omo zone in SNNPR The Regional Health Bureau (RHB), with close support from EHNRI and WHO, is implementing the standard prevention and control strategy that is composed of reactive vaccination, vector control, case management and enhancing surveillance; and has finalized to initiate the reactive vaccination to 20,000 population in four kebleles in South Ari woreda where the confirmed cases were reported. For more information, contact:

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