Emergency response well underway in drought-hit Ethiopia – ChildFund

ChildFund Ethiopia said Thursday that it has so far reached close to 100,000 Ethiopians in its response to the El-Nino-driven drought that affected millions of people in the East African country.

“We are seeing fewer cases of acute malnutrition among children under age five, new mothers and the elderly,” said Chege Ngugi, ChildFund Ethiopia National Director.

“However, this season’s below-average Kiremt (winter) rainfall means that further challenges are ahead,” he added.

ChildFund Ethiopia has a National Emergency Response Team (NERT) to address the emergency needs of children, pregnant and lactating women and the elderly in its drought-affected operational areas.

ChildFund has so far secured close to 2.5 million U.S. dollars to address the emergency situation in many parts of Ethiopia, including Dugda, Fentale, Boset, Siraro, Kochere, Wonago, West Harerge and Adami Tulu, Jido Kombolcha woredas.

The Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners in January officially launched the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2017 looking for 948 million dollars to help 5.6 million people with emergency assistance. Enditem

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Source: Xinhua/

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