Her hand washing classes protect students from disease
Cycles of drought and hunger
580,000 refugees|Malnutrition|Building resilience
In recent years Ethiopia has seen significant economic growth, declining poverty and improving food security situation. Yet, it remains vulnerable to climate-related shocks – drought; flooding; outbreaks of disease and movements of refugees from unstable neighbours.
High rates of maternal and infant mortality, limited access to clean water, lack of sanitation and hygiene facilities and poor nutrition continue to affect much of the population, with more than 80 per cent living in rural, remote areas.
Despite these internal challenges, Ethiopia is host to Africa’s largest refugee population of 587,000 people seeking sanctuary from conflicts in South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia.
A food crisis that affected all of East Africa in 2011, following several years of poor harvests, led to hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees fleeing into Ethiopia, which was itself seriously affected by the crisis. This illustrated the vulnerability of Ethiopia’s social and health infrastructure to unexpected shocks.
International Medical Corps has been working in Ethiopia since 2003 providing projects in clean water and sanitation, food, violence against women, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and primary health care. We work in towns, cities, rural areas and refugee camps.
Food: We take a preventative approach to stopping malnutrition, supporting acute malnutrition programmes for the sickest children and preventative efforts including infant feeding programmes, training community volunteers to screen and follow up on malnourished children and employing local mothers to take healthy nutrition education to their communities.
Mothers & children, Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS and Youth Programmes: We integrate these elements in all of our programmes, providing education and training, equipping health centres with medical supplies and treating patients.
Clean water & sanitation: Hygiene and access to water are vital to reduce diarrhoea-related deaths among malnourished children and pregnant or lactating women. We build latrines and rain water harvesting systems, rehabilitate water supplies as well as training community volunteers and health workers in sanitation and hygiene.
Our impact and work
Help us go further and reach more people faster.