World Well being Group in Ethiopia steps up well being response to Somali refugees

World Well being Group in Ethiopia steps up well being response to Somali refugees

16 March 2023, Addis Ababa ‒ For the reason that starting of February 2023, roughly 100 000 refugees, principally ladies, kids, unaccompanied minors, and people who find themselves wounded or sick have reportedly arrived in Ethiopia from Somalia and are in dire want of humanitarian help. World Well being Group (WHO) in Ethiopia is stepping up its well being response to extend entry to important well being providers for refugees and the host inhabitants within the Dollo Zone of Ethiopia’s Somali Area.

Dollo Zone, the place the refugees are presently hosted, is presently affected by the worst drought in over 40 years within the larger Horn of Africa following 5 consecutive failed wet seasons. The extreme well being influence of the drought has left hundreds of households’ meals insecure, a rise in kids with acute malnutrition, excessive inhabitants motion and displacement of the pastoralists seeking water, and a heightened threat of illness outbreaks. An ongoing measles outbreak in Danond district of Dollo Zone additional will increase the chance of unfold to weak populations together with the refugees. The cholera outbreak has additionally been ongoing in Liban, a zone that hosts one other group of Somali refugees.

Somali area is dealing with a number of illness outbreaks: the cholera outbreak with 271 circumstances and 17 deaths, ongoing since October 2022 in Liban, a zone that hosts one other group of Somali refugees.  Vaccine-preventable illnesses are widespread with 5,700 circumstances and 119 deaths formally reported from ten of the eleven zones within the Area from January 2022 so far. Malnutrition is rampant and a median of 1,800 severely malnourished circumstances are admitted for therapy each week.

The overstretched well being system should cater to the hundreds of refugees, offering supply providers for pregnant moms, immunization for younger kids, administration of extreme acute malnutrition, and prevention of vaccine-preventable illnesses to scale back deaths. The Somali Regional Well being Bureau (RHB) in collaboration with WHO, the United Nations Excessive Fee on Refugees, and well being companions is facilitating the well timed well being response to the refugees within the Dollo Zone. 

WHO is co-chairing the well being sector coordination platform in collaboration with the Somali RHB on the subnational and zonal ranges, which facilitates well being sector assessments, planning and response. WHO Ethiopia has delivered 12 interagency emergency well being kits and extreme acute malnutrition therapy kits to all of the well being services in Dollo Zone. WHO has additionally redeployed employees and has introduced onboard extra technical specialists in response to the well being disaster within the area.


 “We are going to proceed to advocate for deployment of extra healthcare personnel and medical provides to assist the well being services as they take care of a number of well being emergencies,” says Dr Nonhlanhla Dlamini, Appearing WHO Consultant to Ethiopia. “There’s the necessity for elevated accomplice presence and strong coordination mechanisms to assist the federal government’s response in a well-coordinated strategy.” The present inflow of refugees from Somalia into the Somali area of Ethiopia places an unlimited pressure on the humanitarian response, which is already stretched by concurrent challenges. 

To offer aid and humanitarian help to refugees and host communities it’s estimated that USD 101 million is required for the following 9 months. WHO will want USD 5.86 million to supply well being help and make sure the continuity of fundamental well being providers for affected communities within the Dollo Zone of Ethiopia’s Somali area.


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