Joint plans launched for response to drought, malnutrition and disease outbreaks in Ethiopia
11 December 2015, Addis Ababa | The World Health Organization (WHO) is working alongside the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and 22 partner organizations to respond to the health needs of 3.6 million people vulnerable to health and nutrition emergencies due to the El Niño weather phenomenon. Humanitarian partners came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today to launch joint plans for the crisis response in 2016.
In Ethiopia, some 400 000 children face severe malnutrition in 2016, and another 1 million children and 700 000 pregnant or breastfeeding women face moderate malnutrition. More than 8 million people are expected to need food assistance next year. Those who are malnourished are more likely to get sick during disease outbreaks; and when they get sick more likely to die. Urgent action is needed to prevent escalation of this crisis.