Addis Abeba, March 07/2019 – At the launch of this year’s joint government and humanitarians partners appeal, Ethiopia and the UN have asked for USD 1.3 billion to help 8.3 million Ethiopians who require relief food and cash, as well as non-food assistance in the year 2019.
Detailed sector needs and financial requirement was released at the event which took place at Capital hotel here in Addis Abeba in the presence Mitiku Kassa, commissioner of the national disaster risk management commission, Aeneas Chuma, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Ethiopia and representatives of humanitarian partners including embassies and various UN organizations.
“The Plan lays out prioritized humanitarian needs in 2019 across eight sectors, including food, nutrition, shelter and non-food items, water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), health, education, protection and agriculture,” the UN said in a statement.
The humanitarian situation in 2019 will remain similar to 2018 mainly due to mass internal displacements in various parts of the country, and related humanitarian and protection needs.
In addition, communities who suffered consecutive years of severe drought, who lost productive assets, or took on significant debts to shoulder the brunt of the crisis, will continue to need sustained humanitarian assistance and recovery during the year.
In 2018, Ethiopia faced a significant spike in conflict-induced displacement. Even though drought-related relief food needs have decreased due to the overall good seasonal rains received during the year, the relief food requirement is still significantly high due to new needs resulting from increasing conflict-induced displacement and IDP returnees. Many communities affected by drought in recent years have also yet to recover and, having exhausted their coping capacity, they still remain highly vulnerable to shocks. In total, 8.86 million people require humanitarian and protection assistance in 2019.
Food insecurity & malnutrition
Food insecurity and acute malnutrition levels remain unacceptably high. Communities who suffered consecutive years of severe drought, lost productive assets, or took on significant debts to shoulder the brunt of the crisis, will continue to need sustained humanitarian assistance throughout 2019.
Conflict and displacement have also disrupted vulnerable households’
access to food and livelihood activities, worsening food security and
nutrition conditions in the country.
There are 8.13 million people in need of food assistance. Most of these people are in Oromia (52 per cent), Somali (25 per cent) and SNNP (9 per cent) regions. Most severe areas with regards to food insecurity are in Oromia and Afar regions.
Moreover, there are 5.91 million people in need of nutrition assistance. Most of these people are in Oromia (37 per cent), Somali (28 per cent) and SNNP (15 per cent) regions. Most severe areas for nutrition are in Somali region.
Ethiopia saw a significant increase in internal displacement in 2018 as a result of inter-communal conflict in several pockets of the country, with a near doubling of the IDP and IDP returnee population.
Displacement has a significant effect on people’s lives and livelihoods. IDPs and IDP returnees are, amongst others, exposed to protection risks, are disrupted in their education and vocational training, and lack sustainable livelihood means.
There are 3.19 million IDPs and IDP returnees in need of assistance, out of which 30 per cent are in acute need. Most of the IDPs and IDP returnees are in Oromia (47 per cent), Somali (32 per cent) and SNNP (13 per cent) regions.
Most severe areas are in Oromia and Somali regions.
Morbidity from infectious diseases
Lack of access to safe water and sanitation coupled with poor hygiene practices continue to pose disease outbreak risks in parts of the country. The impact of poor sanitation practices on the health of IDPs and IDP returnees is particularly concerning, especially in areas where the infrastructure is weak and where depleted water tables limit access to safe water.
When communicable diseases are combined with other ongoing problems, such as malnutrition, food insecurity, conflict or displacement, the effect on the population is immense.
There are 3.51 million people in need of assistance in areas affected
by disease outbreaks, who are more at risk than others due to the
vicinity of these outbreaks. Out of these people in need, 42 per cent
are in acute need. Most of the people in need are in Oromia (36 per
Somali (26 per cent) and SNNP (20 per cent) regions. Most severe areas are in Amhara, Oromia and SNNP regions.
Loss of ability to ensure basic self-sustenance
Climatic shocks and conflict have affected or exacerbated people’s ability to ensure basic self-sustenance.
Sporadic unrest often has devastating impact on basic service delivery, including the disruption of health and nutrition services, education, and food security. The more vulnerable rural population, unemployed, and people facing challenges with legal documents are particularly affected when facing shocks.
As is the case in most emergency contexts, women, adolescents and children are disproportionately affected. This concerns accessing legal, physical and material safety in displacement settings, notably documentation, and accessing basic services. The situation is further exacerbated in conditions with acute food insecurity and water-related diseases.