Humanitarian Health Action

Ethiopia news and feature stories


  • 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.



  • 28 September 2008

    WHO humanitarian chief meets Ethiopian Health Minister, health partners in Addis Ababa

    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

    Health risks add to crisis in Ethiopia

    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.