Ethiopia is one of Africa’s oldest independent nations, but severe droughts and resulting famines over several decades have had a devastating effect on Ethiopians and led to civil conflict and war with neighbouring Eritrea in the 1990s. Ethiopia remains among the world’s poorest countries with persistently high rates of child malnutrition. In 2011, the most severe drought in more than 60 years affected the Horn of Africa, driving up rates of malnutrition and creating even greater strain on Ethiopia’s fragile infrastructure as hundreds of thousands of refugees fled the famine in neighbouring Somali.
Since 2003, International Medical Corps has led programmes to strengthen local capacity and deliver services in HIV/Aids and infectious disease, reproductive health, nutrition, psychosocial support, maternal and child health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and livelihood security. All of our programmes are designed to be sustainable through full community participation and the strengthening of government capacity in health care and disease prevention.
We provide technical and logistical support to the Ministry of Health and build the capacity of health care staff to implement community-based acute malnutrition programmes, which have provided essential nutrition services to more than 5 million food-insecure people.
In addition, International Medical Corps has been implementing gender-based violence (GBV) programming in Somali refugee camps to provide psychosocial support and treatment for survivors of GBV.
Our health programmes in Ethiopia focus on the maternal and reproductive health of communities in food insecure areas. International Medical Corps trains health care providers and traditional birth attendants on clean, safe delivery practices, antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, GBV prevention, adolescent reproductive health services, and treatment and management of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Meet the First Responders who are making their community in Wolyata more resilient to food crisis in our programme with the European Commission: