With UNICEF support, the Regional Health Bureau of Afar trained an additional 13 mobile health and nutrition teams in January, to provide basic health services to the drought affected population UNICEF is dispatching all the necessary drugs and WASH, Health and Nutrition supplies for the teams. The total mobile teams deployed in the Region will increase from the current 7 to 20 teams and will focus on remote and pastoralist areas in Afar.
The drought and lack of water in schools has impacted school attendance. UNICEF has procured 120 water tanks to be set up in primary schools in Oromia, Afar, and Somali regions to make water available in schools. The first phase benefited 80 schools in Oromia and Somali regions. An estimated 40,000 school children will have access to water in their schools.
A total of 89,325 people, including South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Tierkidi and Kule refugee camps and Itang Special Woreda have been vaccinated against Meningitis during a mass vaccination campaign in December 2015 and January 2016.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
10.2 million people, including 6 million children, require relief food assistance in 2016.
435,000 children require treatment for acute severe malnutrition in 2016.
5.8 million people require access to safe drinking water.
730,358 total refugees in Ethiopia (UNHCR, November 2015).
UNICEF requires US$106 million (this figure includes USD 19 million for refugees) for its humanitarian work in 2016.