Ethiopia Drought Situation
In Kebridahar, Somali Region, the number of suspected acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) cases reduced significantly during the last four days, suggesting stabilization of the outbreak. The on-going response is focused on case management, active case finding and a hygiene awareness campaign led by the Regional Health Bureau and supported by ACF, WHO and UNICEF. A WHO team from Addis Ababa arrived in the area during the week to support community level epidemiological studies for better understanding of the issues of transmission control.
The food security situation is improving in the drought-affected belg producing woredas in SNNP region. The haricot bean, green maize, barley and Irish potato harvest is currently underway in all belg producing woredas that until now have been experiencing critical food shortages. Field reports also indicate that production and productivity of livestock is slowly improving in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas of the region.