Ethiopia news and feature stories
11 December 2015
Joint plans launched for response to drought, malnutrition and disease outbreaks in Ethiopia
The World Health Organization (WHO) is working alongside the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and 22 partner organizations to respond to the health needs of 3.6 million people vulnerable to health and nutrition emergencies due to the El Niño weather phenomenon. Humanitarian partners came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today to launch joint plans for the crisis response in 2016.
4 December 2015
With Ethiopia in the grip of its worst drought in 30 years due to El Niño, the World Health Organization (WHO) deployed an emergency response team to support the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and partners in coordinating the health sector response across the country.
5 November 2015
WHO Responds to El Niño Driven Emergency in Ethiopia
WHO has been providing health and nutritional support to communities affected by health impact of increasing food insecurity and malnutrition in Sitti zone of Somali Regional State. Failure of rain for two consecutive seasons in many parts of the country is caused by the global El Niño phenomenon, resulting in a slow onset of natural disaster, according to a joint statement by His Excellency Mitiku Kassa, Secretary of the National Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee and Mr. John Aylieff, Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia.
5 November 2015
WHO Commits to Improve Health Situation in Gambella, Ethiopia
Increasing reports of communicable diseases and presence of a large number of refugees from south Sudan heightened the need for strengthened public health emergency preparedness and response in Gembella Region.
9 September 2015
High Level Mission to Gambella - WHO Intensifies Support to Region's Emergency Preparedness
A joint WHO mission composed of Ethiopia Country Office, the Africa Regional Office and the Horn of Africa Office for Polio Response Coordination visited health facilities and refugee communities in Gambella Regional State on 5 and 6 August 2015. The mission aimed to strengthen support to the refugee emergency response in the Region.
24 August 2015
WHO Ethiopia in Humanitarian Action
WHO Country office Ethiopia is playing an essential role in supporting the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies with public health consequences. To deliver on its core commitments and performance standards, the country office fulfils four critical functions in emergency response: leadership, information, and technical expertise and core services.
21 April 2014
Kulle Refugee Camp in Gambella Region, western Ethiopia, currently hosts about 35 000 of the 97 000 refugees from South Sudan taking shelter in three camps in the region. Almost 66 % of the refugees in Kulle are women and children. The WHO assessment team witnessed 22 April 2014 the concerning health conditions at the camp.
10 August 2011
WHO calls for US$ 23.4 million to counter malnutrition and the spread of disease in the Horn of Africa.
28 September 2008
ADDIS ABABA -- The World Health Organization's top humanitarian relief official today welcomed major health achievements that have been made in Ethiopia. Dr Eric Laroche also committed WHO to supporting health partners to strengthen Ethiopia's emergency preparedness and improve conditions for people confronted by the food security crisis, cross-border population displacement and communicable diseases.
11 July 2008
GENEVA/ADDIS ABABA -- Worsening malnutrition and the threat of disease outbreaks are compounding Ethiopia's humanitarian crisis. WHO is working with the Government of Ethiopia and health partners to support the 4.6 million people needing urgent emergency food relief nationwide.
12 June 2008
Ethiopian Government and Partners Revise Current Humanitarian Requirements
Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency
21 September 2004
Combining TB treatment with HIV testing and treatment could save lives of up to 500 000 HIV-positive Africans every year
21 February 2004
Post-war rehabilitation of the health system in Afar and Tigray regions completed
February 21, 2004. Today WHO Representative for Ethiopia, Dr. Olusegun A. Babaniyi, the Ambassador of Norway, HE Ms Mette Ravn, and Regional State Officials have officially inaugurated the newly constructed Godefay Health Post.
12 December 2000
Norway and WHO Together to Restore Health Programs in War Affected Areas
World Health Organization and the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation today signed a 3 million Birr agreement towards the implementation of health system rehabilitation initiative in war affected areas in northern Tigray and Afar regions. The programme is intended to assist Regional Health Bureaux in the reestablishment of a staggering 300 thousand internally displaced persons to their places of origin and resume their economic activity. An estimated thirty per cent of these are now reported by the government to be in the process of re-establishing their presence in their places of origin.
18 April 2000
Drought in the Horn of Africa
Weekly press update of the UN Country Team on the current drought situation in Ethiopia.