Horn of Africa Crisis: What We're Doing in Ethiopia

Children in Ethiopia in easier times. Credit: Jean LaPegue

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti, we’re helping thousands of children in the hardest-hit regions—from the 3,000 malnourished children we’re treating in Somalia, to our efforts in Garbatulla, Kenya, where one in five children is now malnourished. We’re racing to reduce the impact of water shortages by constructing wells, drilling boreholes, and installing storage devices to capture future rainfall, in addition to promoting hygiene to prevent the spread of diarrhea, cholera, and other water-borne diseases.

Our teams have assisted more than 150,000 drought-affected individuals in Ethiopia and expect to support more than 285,000 people by the end of the year. With a wide array of humanitarian problems—escalating food prices, internally displaced populations, an influx of refugees, and drought-related public health threats like acute watery diarrhea placing some five million people at risk—Action Against Hunger is racing to provide urgently needed assistance.

With programs in the Amhara region, SNNP region-Sidana zone, Oromiya region, and Somali region-Korahe zone, our teams are carrying out the following activities:


  • We’re supporting the Ethiopian authorities in managing the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition in the refugee camps of Dollo Ado and Hilowen, where more than 1,200 malnourished children are currently being treated.
  • Our specialists have provided 119 nutritional training sessions to 1,582 participants to support the work of the Ministry of Health in several southern regions of the country.

Food Security:

  • We’ve launched emergency animal health programs to limit the drought’s impact on thousands of small farmers, which has benefited more than 200,000 animals to date.
  • Our food security teams have vaccinated some 134,000 animals in July, helping more than 5,000 farming families whose herds—their chief sources of food and income—are threatened by the ongoing drought.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene:

  • Action Against Hunger’s teams have provided improved access to drinking water for more than 26,000 people.
  • We’ve distributed 37,600 water purification kits to help more than 22,000 people purify their drinking water to prevent the occurrence of waterborne diseases.
  • Our teams have provided an additional 3,000 people with contingency kits, consisting of water containers, mosquito nets, and soap.
  • Our outreach teams have provided hygiene promotion sessions to some 6,000 people to help limit the spread of waterborne diseases.