publication • Tuesday, April 2nd 2019
Ethiopia - February 2019 Situation Report
- Weather: In general during the month of February 2019, particularly in the first decade of February dry and sunny weather conditions dominated most parts of the country but in March, a gradual enhancement of rain giving meteorological systems are likely to prevail.
- Food security: Throughout much of the country, 2018 harvest stocks are positively contributing to household food access. Over parts of eastern Oromia, southern Tigray, eastern Amhara, and northern SNNPR reduced agricultural production is leading to an early exhaustion of stocks. Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are expected in affected areas, as well as in many northern pastoral areas. The government of Ethiopia through NDRMC aims to target eight million people with humanitarian food assistance in 2019 through their appeal.
- Health and Nutrition: Outbreaks of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) and measles has been a pending public health problem in the month of February. Eight new cases of AWD were reported from Afar region and 136 new suspected measles cases were reported in the country (41 confirmed). Between January and December 2018, the cumulative new monthly admissions of children under five years was 332,132 based on an overall reporting rate of 86.4% based on the annual target of 370,000.
- Displacement: The country is still experiencing waves of humanitarian emergencies aggravated by the ethnic clashes. About 2.3 to 3 million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and 905 000 refugees are in Ethiopia. Although conflict is the main driver of displacement, around 500,000 have been displaced due to climatic shocks and their impact on food production. More than 90,000 people are currently displaced in Amhara region.
For more information, read or download our February 2019 situation report.