HRNW REPORT: 23 March 2016 — The consequences of an El Niño-triggered drought – the country’s worst in in 30 years – are continuing to be felt across Ethiopia.
The number of people in need of health assistance in Ethiopia is on the rise due to critically limited access to food, water and sanitation. More than 20 health partners, under the joint leadership of Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, now aim to reach 6.8 million people with emergency health interventions in 2016 – almost double the 3.6 million people originally planned for when the Humanitarian Requirements Document was launched in December 2015.
In recognition of this increasing need, humanitarian partners today launched a joint campaign in Addis Ababa to call for urgent funding for the response to this escalating crisis. A total of US$ 1.4 billion is required for the overall humanitarian response, including US$ 62 million for the health response.
“Ethiopia is currently contending with one of the most serious climatic shocks in recorded history with ten million people facing lost harvests and livestock as well as severe water shortages and health risks,” the United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia, said Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onuchie, said in a joint UN statement. “We are launching this campaign to advocate for increased funding commensurate with the scale and severity of this crisis.”