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Funding bellow sufficient, meaning over 500,000 with no access to adequate sanitation in Ethiopia, UNICEF says

Addis ZeybeAugust 31, 2020
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Funding bellow sufficient, meaning over 500,000 with no access to adequate sanitation in Ethiopia, UNICEF says
Between January 2020 and June 2020, political instability, communal clashes, natural disasters and other causes have affected women and children disproportionately in Ethiopia, according to the UN agency for children, UNICEF.UNICEF published its mid-year report on Saturday, August 29, 2020. In the report, UNICEF stressed that the coronavirus pandemic has increased the number of Ethiopian’s seeking assistance. According to the agency's report, currently some 4.8 million children require humanitarian aid in the East African Nation. Compounding this challenge, the causes of the humanitarian need varry in Ethiopia, according to the report. Some of the root causes of this high humanitarian need were identified as protracted violence and communal clashes, natural disasters such as drought and floods as well as outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and measles.The UN agency reported that in terms of health, it had reached over 32 million Ethiopians through messages disseminated on preventive measures and where to access medical services during this trying period of the pandemic in addition to producing and providing Personal Protective Equipment to health workers facing the pandemic face on in the frontlines. This included 9,000 protection coveralls; 68,000 face shields; 30,000 disposable surgical gowns; 40,000 goggles; 250,000 n95 masks and 100,000 surgical masks, according to the UNICEF mid year report. The agency estimates that through its efforts 62,500 Ethiopians were able to access health services as well as receive the proper medication and treatment. According to the report, in addition to the efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, UNICEF also carried out activities aimed at curbing the spread of other health concerns like cholera and yellow fever. UNICEF reported that in the reporting period it had provided life saving curative interventions to over 5,000 Ethiopians affected by cholera and vaccinated over 27,178 children in the EnorEnor woreda in the Gurage zone of the country against the yellow fever. Over 3 million children were vaccinated against polio in 79 high risk woredas in the SNNPR and Oromia regions. The agency’s efforts against malaria and measles were also included in the report. Another thematic area discussed in the report was related to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).  436,615 men, women and children received clean water as a result  of the Agency’s work, according to the report. Oromia, Somalia, Afar and the SNNPR received more focus from the agency according to the report. 743,004 men, 776,432 women and 1,713,407 children also received important messages and lessons related to handwashing and personal hygiene in the reporting period. Other WASH contributions by the agency such as its support to the growing internally displaced persons (IDP) population in Ethiopia. According to UNICEF, there are 1.8 million IDPs in Ethiopia. The report also showcased the contribution of the agency in other thematic protection areas. These include education, child protection, social protection and security. Financial hurdlesThe UN agency for children said - in the report - that at the halfway point of the year it is reporting a 76% funding gap. The agency reported that at the beginning of the year it had requested 139 million dollars to continue to support vulnerable groups within its mandate in Ethiopia. According to the report, only 18 million has been received by UNICEF while 15.4 million dollars have been provided for by carry-forward. The remaining 106 million dollars are still outstanding. In the report, the UN warned that if commitments are not met, over 500,000 will not have access to adequate sanitation while 5,000 children may not be reunited with their families. The Agency called on all donors and partners to make sure the much needed protection for children persists in Ethiopia over the remainder of 2020.The UN Agency for Children - UNICEF - has been a key humanitarian agency in Ethiopia for the past six decades. In the past 60 years, according to the UNICEF website, the agency has contributed to the transformation of Ethiopia into “a strong economy with strong aspirations for middle income status by 2025.”