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Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin
Ethiopia
2 February 2015
Strengthening national Ebola preparedness
Key Issues:
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The
Government
and
partners
are
working
together
to
further
strengthen the country’s
Ebola preparedness and
address the gaps identified
during the mid-January
Ebola scare.
391,301 people were newly
internally displaced during
October-December 2014,
the majority as a result of
flooding.
Fourteen water trucks, up
from 11 trucks two weeks
ago, were requested to
address water shortages in
East
Hararge,
West
Hararge and West Arsi
zones of Oromia region.
Relief Food Distribution
(as of 28 January 2015)
The Government and partners are working together to further strengthen the country’s
Ebola preparedness and address the gaps identified during the Ebola scare experienced
in mid-January. The suspected case, now deceased, was an Ethiopian national who
worked for IRC’s Ebola Control Unit in Sierra Leone and was hospitalized 15 days after
returning to Ethiopia. The patient was diagnosed with malaria and blood samples sent for
laboratory confirmation in South Africa were negative for Ebola.
The scare tested Ethiopia’s Ebola preparedness in a real-time drill and highlighted its
capacities to respond, as well as identified weaknesses and areas for improvement.
Chaired by the Minister of Health, Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, the National Ebola
Taskforce met on 20 January 2015 to discuss ways forward. For more information,
contact [email protected]
391,301 displaced during the last quarter of 20141
Every year, natural and man-made
disasters displace thousands of people
in Ethiopia. As of the end of December
2014, nearly 835,000 Ethiopians were
internally displaced (protracted and
new). Of the total IDP caseload,
391,301 were newly displaced during
October-December 2014. The new
displacements were primarily due to
flooding in Afar (81,564 people),
Oromia (77,126 people), SNNP
(48,295 people) and Somali (163,206
people). Inter-community conflict in
Bench Maji zone of SNNPR (12,680
people) and in Fafan zone of
Somali
region
(8,430
people)
accounted for only 5 per cent of the people displaced in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The number of displaced people registered during the
last quarter of 2014 (protracted and new) is much higher
compared to the same period in the last two years:
244,624 displaced in 2012 and 412,606 displaced in
2013. The majority of displacements are caused by
recurrent flooding every year, alluding to the need to
bolster flood prevention and preparedness activities
need in flood-prone areas nationwide. For more
information, contact [email protected]
Six additional water trucks needed in Oromia
The Oromia Regional Government requested fourteen water trucks, up from 11 trucks
two weeks ago, for Kumbi, Meyu Muluke and Midega Tola woredas of East Hararge
zone, Burka Dimtu, Hawi Gudina and Mieso woredas of West Hararge zone and Shalla
and Siraro woredas of West Arsi zone in Oromia region last week. Eight water trucks
provided water to more than 10,000 drought-affected people in East and West Hararge.
Six additional water trucks were needed for the drought-affected woredas in West Arsi
zone.
Source : WFP
As the dry season progresses, additional woredas in Oromia, as well as in drought-prone
areas of Afar, Amhara, SNNP and Somali regions will likely face water shortages. For
more information, contact [email protected]
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Source: IOM
Contributions are welcome. Please submit to UN OCHA by Thursday 16:30hrs, Email: [email protected]