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Emergency Health Response in Ethiopia

27 April 2016 -- Failed crops, malnutrition and disease outbreaks are just some of the devastating effects of the El Nino-related drought on Ethiopia. An estimated 1.7 million people are suffering from moderate or severe acute malnutrition and the Ethiopian government estimates that over 10 million people will require humanitarian assistance to cope with the drought in 2016.

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Fighting scabies: an insufferable skin disease spreading in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian teen shows off her healed hands.
WHO Ethiopia

Fourteen-year-old Belaynesh Yimer from Amhara, Ethiopia, dreams of being a doctor when she grows up. But the seventh grader was forced to miss school recently when she was struck with an excruciating skin disease called scabies.

“I didn’t believe I would be healed because the pain was intolerable,” Belaynesh said, explaining that she was unable to sleep, study, write, eat properly or even hold a pen due to body aches, itching and multiple sores.

Persistent drought doubles the number of people in need of health assistance in Ethiopia

An emaciated camel, affected by Ethiopia's drought, sits in the dust

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.

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.

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