World Vision has appealed to donors for US$10 million in additional funding, as we launch our humanitarian response to the crisis in the conflict-affected Tigray region of Ethiopia.
We're one of the first NGOs to respond with assessments and assistance. On 9 December World Vision staff delivered sanitary medical supplies worth US $12,000 to Alamata Hospital; an infirmary that has recently become overwhelmed with patients with severe malnutrition, malaria, and water-borne diseases.
According to World Vision staff, the hospital has run out of medical supplies, is understaffed, and has had no ability to pay salaries or provide for their medical personnel, many of whom fled north to Mekele.
World Vision Ethiopia's National Director, Edward Brown said: "It’s a heartbreaking situation. Not only are thousands of children severely impacted by this crisis without electricity, water, and food for over a month, but our own staff and families are in the same boat.”
World Vision has also sent food, medical supplies, and care packages to its own staff suffering due to the conflict.
World Vision has mobilised US$1.5 million to provide emergency shelter, health, WASH, and protection supplies. World Vision is among the first agencies to respond with assessments and assistance in a few areas that are safe and accessible and has appealed to donors for US$10 million in additional funding.