United Nations briefing on Ethiopia’s acute humanitarian situation

Melat Mulugeta

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Ethiopia office was opened in 1984 to strengthen humanitarian preparedness and response throughout the country. At present, OCHA Ethiopia has a nationwide reach with a country office based in Addis Ababa. The member states held a meeting to brief on the current issues in countries with critical conditions. According to reports, the level of humanitarian needs in Ethiopia will remain high through 2019 as a result of mass inter-communal violence-induced displacement and related humanitarian and protection needs; widespread food insecurity and malnutrition due to recurrent drought impact; and disease outbreaks such as acute watery diarrhea (AWD), mainly due to poor WASH facilities in IDP sites and in drought and flood-impacted communities.