Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 2 emergency

WHO Responds to El Niño Driven Emergency in Ethiopia

5 November 2015 -- WHO has been providing health and nutritional support to communities affected by health impact of increasing food insecurity and malnutrition in Sitti zone of Somali Regional State. Failure of rain for two consecutive seasons in many parts of the country is caused by the global El Niño phenomenon, resulting in a slow onset of natural disaster, according to a joint statement by His Excellency Mitiku Kassa, Secretary of the National Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee and Mr. John Aylieff, Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia. The joint statement reveals that over 8 Million people require emergency food assistance until the end of the year, 12.5% of whom are moderately malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers needing supplementary feeding. Around 48,000 are estimated to be severely malnourished children who need treatment until the end of the year. The statement reports that the Ethiopian government has taken the lead to the emergency response so far, allocating USD 192 million and calls for increased engagement from partners.