Ethiopia - May 2019 Situation Report

Ethiopia - May 2019 Situation Report

  • IDP returnees: Reports from zonal/regional authorities indicate nearly 1.9 million IDPs have returned to their areas of origin since the Government began a scaled-up implementation of the IDP return plan in May 2019. Most returnees call for support to rebuild their damaged houses and restore their livelihoods.
  • Health: An outbreak of AWD/cholera was reported in Amhara region. The affected woderas are Telemte, Abergele and Beyeda. Measles outbreak is ongoing in Oromia, Amhara and Somali regions. Vaccination campaigns are being planned to target 6.7 million children aged 6 months to 14 years. Targeted populations are internally displaced populations and host communities.
  • Food security: According to the Famine Early Warning System (FEWSNET), food insecurity intensifies despite late and erratic Gu/Gena/Belg season rainfall. Below-average March to May rainfall has negatively affected crop production and pastoral conditions and is expected to drive Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes in many areas through late 2019. This is the second consecutive season of poor rainfall following the below-average October-December 2018 Deyr/Hageya season. In agricultural areas impacted by poor rainfall and in areas where conflict has restricted agricultural production, Meher stocks will exhaust early.
  • Nutrition: The nutritional status of children under five, and pregnant and lactating mothers in IDP camps, such as Gedeo, East and West Hararghe, are likely to deteriorate through September 2019 due to the continuing food insecurity.