People Helped in 2018: 832,829
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. Owing to instability in bordering countries, particularly South Sudan, Ethiopia remains one of Africa’s leading host country for refugees.
Violence that erupted in 2017 on the border between the Oromia and Somali regions continued in 2018, with serious consequences: the number of internally displaced people as a result of the conflict has reached 1.8 million. In addition, Ethiopia hosts nearly 900,000 refugees from neighboring countries including South Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea.
The country suffers from recurring climate shocks. Food insecurity and displacements caused by drought, epidemics, floods and other shocks continue to increase humanitarian needs among the most vulnerable populations. In 2018, about 7.8 million people received emergency food assistance from the government and international NGOs.
In 2018, we strengthened assistance to South Sudanese refugees in the Gambella and Benishangul Gumuz regions by preventing, screening, and treating child and maternal malnutrition.
Our emergency response teams helped vulnerable populations affected by prolonged food insecurity meet basic needs. We also supported nutrition and health, provided food assistance, and worked to reduce the spread of waterborne disases.
We are also working to restore the livelihoods of vulnerable populations. We strengthen agrarian communities’ resilience to climate shocks by mitigating risk, strengthening basic services, and empowering communities in the Amhara, Oromia and Somali regions.