Ethiopia displacement Crisis
A displacement crisis in parts of Ethiopia has left thousands homeless, the majority of these are children.
Since September 2017, 2.3 million people have fled their homes due to local conflict in Ethiopia (in the Somali and Oromia regions and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, or SNNPR) and are in desperate need of assistance. They’ve fled their homelands and left behind their crops, livestock and their means of earning an income, so it’s extremely difficult to recover. In the worst-affected zones – West Guji (in Oromia region) and Gedeo (in SNNPR) – there are 818,000 Internally Displaced People at the moment.
Lack of food and clean water is threatening people’s lives. Health care services are struggling to cope with the dramatic influx of people and medical supplies are running low.
There isn’t enough food to go around, and children are becoming malnourished. Clean water facilities are stretched thinly as well, and health facilities are struggling to cope with a sudden influx of people. World Vision is concerned about a looming health and nutrition crisis.
Displaced children, who are for the most part on the move, are paying the price of missing many months of schooling. In Ethiopia for example, we estimate that 40,000 pre-primary and primary school children in West Guji alone have missed at least five months of schooling due to the conflict.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO HELP?
WV has been operating in Ethiopia for over 40 years undertaking a number of humanitarian and development programmes. We’ve been responding to this crisis since April 2018, providing emergency nutrition assistance, education, health services, cash assistance, clean water and sanitation services and other essential items to displaced people in West Guji and Gedeo zones.
We’re aiming to help a total of 661,790 displaced people in West Guji and Gedeo zones.
Specifically, (with funding from ECHO), we hope to reach 46,800 displaced people with improved water, hygiene, health and nutrition services. We will be working with the Government of Ethiopia to provide reproductive health services to Internally Displaced Persons. We’re supporting newborn and child health services by training midwives and local health workers on newborn and child health care practices. We will also be training mothers on breast feeding techniques. Malnourished children will be supported through outpatient services, training local health workers on how to treat malnourished children and promote infant young child feeding. As part of the project we will restore 16 water schemes and construct toilets with hand washing facilities at schools and health facilities. Additionally, 4,000 dignity kits will be distributed. These include essential supplies to help women maintain their basic hygiene, such as simple toiletries like soap and toothpaste, sanitary supplies to use during menstruation, and clean undergarments.
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