Human Development Index
173 (out of 188 countries ranked)
People Helped in 2020: 1,872,014
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs
Though Ethiopia’s economy has grown quickly in recent years, many of the country’s most vulnerable citizens have not experienced the benefits of this financial upturn and remain dependent on international aid. Due to instability in bordering countries, particularly South Sudan, Ethiopia remains one of Africa’s leading host countries for refugees.
In 2020, Ethiopia experienced escalating conflicts, COVID-19, flash floods, and droughts, and the worst desert locust infestation recorded in the Horn of Africa. These have worsened food and nutrition insecurity and increased the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance to 19.2 million. The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated existing inequalities, affecting livelihoods, education, protection, and general wellbeing.
Last year, our teams provided humanitarian and development assistance to nearly two million people, including:
- Preventing and treating 668,956 people for malnutrition and other health issues, including treating 22,591 severely malnourished children under age five
- Improving access to clean water, safe sanitation, and good hygiene for 762,813 people
- Building and maintaining 82 water systems
- Providing mental health and protection services to 261,425 individuals
- Distributing $1.6 million in cash assistance to more than 141,000 people
We conducted community consultations and capacity building trainings with local authorities, leaders, and program participants to strengthen and sustain community involvement in our activities.
To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted our programs to adhere to infection prevention and control measures, which allowed the majority of our critical lifesaving activities to continue. We introduced and scaled up the "Family MUAC" approach, which allows parents and caregivers to detect malnutrition in their own children while maintaining a safe social distance. We also installed handwashing stations in our health facilities and public places.
Additionally, we launched emergency programs in the northern area of Tigray in response to conflict in the region.