"The mission of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to: i) alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; ii) advocate for the rights of people in need; iii) promote preparedness and prevention; and iv) facilitate sustainable solutions."



Update . . .
There have been no recent allocations for Somali and SNNPR as the regions have not accounted for utilisation of previously allocated food. In the absence of utilisation reports, the FDPPC has agreed to release food upon request only to areas of concern. According to WFP estimates, there are currently 33 woredas in the country that are classified as "areas of concern". Two of these woredas, Hulla of Sidama zone and Kuraz of South Omo zone, both in SNNPR and Sagag and Dihun woredas of Fik zone and West Imi woreda of Afder zone, in Somali Region are classified as areas of concern. Sagag and Dihun woredas are currently receiving food aid from Save the Children UK. The relief beneficiary planning figure for September is 3.2 million and 2.4 million for October. Continue. . .

 Update on Relief . . .
The DPPC has provided food and non-food assistance to Teru but it still needs to be distributed to those in need and the team is working out how they can assist in the delivery of aid. Two water tankers are also available in Teru.  The team is continuing its assessment in affected areas in zone two which should give a comprehensive picture on the humanitarian impact.

Somali . . .
Abnormal migration of humans and livestock has already occurred as the availability of pasture and water is much below normal due to the poor performance of the last gu rains. No intervention of water rationing has been done since mid August which has worsened the situation. Unlike other zones, Jijiga and Shinile have good pasture and water as they have been receiving good karan rains in the last two months. As a result, good harvests are expected with the exception of Miesso woreda in which crop planting was delayed due to ethnic clashes between the Somalis and Oromos. The present security situation in the woreda seems to be calm after the elders of both clans with the help of local, regional and federal government bodies began negotiations to ease the tensions.

Update on CARE . . .
Under the same funding, and working with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health (MoH), CARE will continue its Grawa-based CTC program for one year while supporting the MoH’s programs in Bedeno and Kurfachelle woredas in East Hararghe zone. CARE in its monthly update reports that, despite improvements in the food security conditions in Grawa and Bedeno woredas, admissions to the CTC program continue at a rate higher than expected for this time of the year. The CTC program in Grawa reported 58 new admissions of severely malnourished children and 20 in Bedeno, while reductions were noted in Kurfachelle.

Largest Malaria Intervention Underway
e largest distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) in Ethiopia’s history and one of the biggest in Africa is currently underway in five regions. Three million ITNs from Global Fund and UNICEF are being transported to the regions, then down the line to the woreda health posts. 203,591 ITNs have been distributed through the Enhanced Outreach Strategy (EOS) in Hararghe and Shewa of Oromiya Region with plans to distribute a total of 440,000 ITNs to more than one million people by the end of October.

Ethiopia’s . . .
With the current growth rate the country’s population is estimated to reach 170.2 million by the year 2050. Total fertility rate is 5.65 and only 6 percent of women giving birth have a skilled attendant. The life expectancy is reported as 47.1 for males and 49 for females, while HIV prevalence at a national level is 3.8 for those aged between 15 and 49.

Rehabilitation and expansion of existing water supply systems have been completed in two stabilisation centers where ACF (Action Contre la Faim) is implementing a home based Therapeutic Treatment Program in Dale woreda (Sidama zone). The IRC’s mapping team will begin mapping the target areas, charting a range of data including water points, schools, health clinics and other socio-economic indicators in order to create a more comprehensive picture of the livelihoods and needs of the areas.











Updated on 10 October 2005

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