Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Reaching key populations to prevent the spread of disease in Ethiopia

10 August 2017 - In Ethiopia, thousands of pilgrims flock to holy water sites. People often drink the holy water and perform ceremonial cleansing for their bodies or those of their loved ones. But there is a risk that these sites can be contaminated with bacteria that cause acute watery diarrhea (AWD) or other waterborne diseases. WHO is working with key partners to ensure that water safety and latrine access is improved around holy water sites.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Community engagement helps control acute watery diarrhea in Ethiopia

Availability of safe and clean water is critical to halting the transmission of the disease. In collaboration with the Water Bureau and other partners, WASH experts test water quality, distribute water treatment chemicals and demonstrate their use.
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Availability of safe and clean water is critical to halting the transmission of the disease. In collaboration with the Water Bureau and other partners, WASH experts test water quality, distribute water treatment chemicals and demonstrate their use.

2 August 2017 -- After months of prevention and response activities by the Government of Ethiopia, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, the acute watery diarrhea (AWD) outbreak in Somali Region is showing signs of decline. Intensified risk communication, effective surveillance, and improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and case management contributed to the decline.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Grave concern in Ethiopia

Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan and the food security situation is of grave concern in 6 other countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, and Yemen. Very high levels of severe acute malnutrition have been reported in the the most affected countries.

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