Humanitarian Health Action

Ethiopia situation reports


  • 21 April 2014

    WHO takes urgent action to address health situation in Kulle South-Soudanese Refugee Camp, Gambella in Ethiopia

    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.


  • 31 May 2013

    The Ministry of Health of Ethiopia is launching an emergency mass-vaccination campaign against yellow fever from 10 June 2013. This is in response to laboratory confirmation of six cases in the country on 7 May 2013. The campaign aims to cover more than 527 000 people in the following six districts: South Ari, North Ari, Benatsemay, Selamago, Hammer, and Gnangatom and one administrative town (Jinka) in South Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia.


  • 10 August 2011

    WHO responds to essential health needs Horn of Africa

    WHO calls for US$ 23.4 million to counter malnutrition and the spread of disease in the Horn of Africa.

  • 3 August 2011

    WHO develops health sector response plan for the Horn of Africa humanitarian crisis

    29 July 2011 - The World Health Organization (WHO) will require US$ 29.5 million to finance the prevention and mitigation of disease in the Horn of Africa drought affected areas. The health of 12.4 million people is at risk as a result of widespread malnutrition and disease following the worst drought in the region in decades.

  • 20 July 2011

    Building up health response in the Horn of Africa

    In Ethiopia, admissions to therapeutic feeding centres have increased by 42% between February and March 2011 and by 90% between March and April while the number of people receiving emergency food assistance has increased by 40% since April, reaching 4.5 million. Up to 2500 Somalis cross into Ethiopia daily. The camps are cramped, raising the possibility for further disease outbreak, and the provision of basic health services and emergency obstetric care is weak or absent.

  • 14 July 2011

    Impact on the health of communities in the Horn of Africa

    The health and nutritional status of many communities in the Horn of Africa is fast deteriorating. The cycle of hunger-ill-health-poverty means that fewer resources are dedicated to health care just as health needs increase as a result of poor diet. Lack of water and precarious sanitation further increase the risk of communicable diseases. Cholera and measles outbreaks have already been reported in Djibouti and Ethiopia.

  • 8 July 2011

    Drought and food crisis in the Horn of Africa

    The Horn of Africa is facing what has been described as the worst drought in over half a century. Around ten million people in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.


  • 11 July 2008

    Food Crisis Intensifies Ethiopian Suffering

    Some 4.6 million people need urgent health relief in Ethiopia where food insecurity, crop failure and weak health services compound the country's humanitarian crisis. The government has issued its "Revised Humanitarian Requirements for 2008" to overcome food, water and medical supply gaps. WHO is supporting emergency humanitarian action with health assessments and surveillance, plus coordinating Health Cluster partners.