Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 3 emergency

WHO’s support to the response of the acute watery diarrhoea outbreak in Ethiopia’s Somali Region

Availability of safe and clean water is critical to halting the transmission of the disease. In collaboration with the Water Bureau and other partners, WASH experts test water quality, distribute water treatment chemicals and demonstrate their use.
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Availability of safe and clean water is critical to halting the transmission of the disease. In collaboration with the Water Bureau and other partners, WASH experts test water quality, distribute water treatment chemicals and demonstrate their use.

July 2017 -- The Government of Ethiopia, through the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and the Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs) with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners is responding to an outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) in Amahara, Oromia, SNNP and Somali regions. To support the government’s response implementation, WHO has deployed surge teams of experts in surveillance, case management, WASH, nutrition, risk communication, administration and logistics to the affected regions to support implementation of response activities. Logistical supplies including vehicles, medicines, case management protocols, laboratory reagents, treatment kits and other materials have also been provided. Below is a kaleidoscopic view of activities in Somali region.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Grave concern in Ethiopia

Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan and the food security situation is of grave concern in 6 other countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, and Yemen. Very high levels of severe acute malnutrition have been reported in the the most affected countries.

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