Ethiopia - Northern Ethiopia Humanitarian Update

Situation Report
Emergency Response

Humanitarian Preparedness and Response

Humanitarian partners maintain their commitment to stay and deliver to meet current and emerging needs. As of 22 September, 512 UN staff (10 UN agencies) support the humanitarian response (103 international staff and 240 national staff in Mekelle and 40 international staff and 129 national staff in Shire). Similarly, non-governmental organization (NGO) partners continue to maintain a presence in Tigray, with 36 NGOs (29 INGOs and 7 NNGOs) currently responding to the needs on the ground, with at least 1,560 staff working with INGOs.

With reduced capacity due to the depletion of stocks and resources, partners continued to respond to some of the urgent needs in Tigray Region. Since the launch of the second round of food assistance under the Northern Ethiopia Humanitarian Response Plan 2021 in mid-May, and as of 15 September, food partners assisted about 4.2 million people across Mekelle Town, Eastern, Western, Central, North Western, Southern and South Eastern Zones. Between 9 and 15 September, however, food partners have assisted a little over 242,000 people compared to more than 546,000 people a week earlier.

Between 6 and 12 September, 40 Mobile Health and Nutrition Teams (MHNTs) supported 109 health facilities and IDP sites compared to 125 facilities and sites being supported a week earlier, and 136 facilities and sites two weeks earlier. One partner completely stopped the operation of six MHNTs in two Woredas due to lack of fuel.

More than 419,000 people, including over 116,000 IDPs in Mekelle, Central, South-Eastern, and Eastern Zones were reached with water. This includes people who received water in North Western Zone during the previous reporting period as reporting was delayed due to lack of communications.

During the reporting period (13 -17 September), nutrition partners screened about 39,000 children under 5 years for malnutrition, compared to over 137,000 a week earlier. Of the screened children, 1,225 or 3.1 per cent were diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 7,630 or 19.6 per cent with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Partners also screened more than 11,000 pregnant and lactating women, compared to more than 33,000 women a week earlier, of whom more than 7,800, or about 70 per cent were diagnosed with acute malnutrition. The global acute malnutrition (GAM) is 15 per cent.

Between 13 and 20 September, Logistic Cluster partners facilitated the transport of 15 trucks with 115 MT of nutrition, NFI and shelter items from Mekelle to other parts of Tigray on behalf of seven partners.

From January to date, about 743,000 people, or 27 per cent of the total 2.7 million people targeted, were reached with emergency shelter and non-food items. With completed, ongoing, and planned distributions, about 1.26 million people, 45 per cent of the targeted population, will be reached by the end of the year.