Ethiopia Humanitarian Crisis - CARE's Response in Ethiopia - CARE

Ethiopia Humanitarian Crisis

A woman wearing a bright yellow scarf cups her hands in front of her to hold a pile of seeds. Behind her you can see a large group of women.

CARE / Josh Estey

CARE / Josh Estey

Emergencies

Almost 9 million people in Ethiopia require humanitarian assistance due to drought, flooding and displacement.

About the Crisis in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, millions of people have been forced to leave their homes as they flee inter-communal violence.

Recurring droughts and floods have led to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition, as well as disease outbreaks due to poor water, sanitation, and hygiene in displaced communities.

Desert locust infestations affecting the region have affected Ethiopia for two years, leading to higher crop losses. If not controlled immediately, the desert locusts could cause even higher levels of food insecurity.

These crises are exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak, which surged in the country in March/April 2021.

9

million

people in Ethiopia require humanitarian assistance

How to Help Ethiopia: What CARE is Doing

In the last year, CARE has reached 1.1 million people with COVID-19 response (561,000 women and girls). In COVID, 572,000 people with health programming; 99,000 hygiene kits; 334,000 with more access to water; 388,000 got food support.

RESET II in Ethiopia is a program that ran from 2016-2020 with $7 million in funding from the European Union. In partnership with Action Against Hunger, it is reaching more than 378,000 people.

What have we accomplished?

  • People are healthier: there has been a 40% reduction in diarrhea.
  • Water is safer: people are 83% more likely to be using safe water sources, and 44% more likely to be using a latrine.
  • Agriculture is more sustainable: people are 83% more likely to be using sustainable land and water management practices. They have also restored 3,128 acres of rangeland for animals.
  • Production is increasing: agricultural yield per hectare has gone up 47%.
  • Government services are better: people are 34% more likely to get home health services. An additional 378,720 people got health care through community health offices.
  • Government acts in emergencies: the government is twice as likely to respond promptly to early warning indicators to prevent and prepare for crisis.

*Last updated July 2021