UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report #2 – Reporting Period: February 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • Nutrition surveys indicate critical nutrition situations in Kelafo and Dembal woredas of Somali region. Serious situations are also indicated in Tanqua Abergele Woreda (Tigray Region), Adaar and Abaala woredas (Afar Region) and Dessie Zuria Woreda (Amhara Region).

  • Nutrition partners are present in 125 of the 186 priority 1 woredas and in 48 of the 154 priority 2 woredas. The Nutrition cluster is advocating for increased NGO support in the remaining woredas. The number of priority 1 woredas has steadily increased from 49 in February to 186 in December 2015 and has increased by 31 per cent from August to December 2015, highlighting a continued deterioration of the overall nutrition situation in Ethiopia.

  • Outbreaks of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) have spread to new areas of the country including Gelana and Abaya Woredas of Oromia Region, Hudet Woreda of Somali Region and Arabaminch and Amaro Woredas of SNNP Region. The recent AWD outbreak started in November 2015 in Moyale Woreda of Oromia and Somali regions.


10.2 million people, including 6 million children, will require relief food assistance in 2016.

435,000 children will require treatment for acute severe malnutrition in 2016.

5.8 million people will require access to safe drinking water.

732,709 total refugees in Ethiopia (UNHCR, February 2016).

UNICEF will require US$106 million for its humanitarian work in 2016.