Ethiopia

Situation Report

Cluster Status

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Needs

  • An estimated 13 million people need WASH services in the drought affected woredas across the country

  • Insecurity in the North of the country and new displacements in Afar and Amhara require further WASH services in IDP collective sites to accommodate the needs of newly displaced people.

Response

  • In July, the WASH cluster’s 41 active partners reached a total of 230,225 people with cluster’s activities. 

  • Since the start of the year, and until end of July 2022, 3.6 million people received WASH services across Ethiopia as follows:

    • 1.9 million people received access to safe drinking water through emergency water trucking.

    • More than 1.6 million people received access to safe drinking water through durable solutions.

    • Around 450,000 people were provided with lifesaving WASH NFIs.

    • Around 270,000 people were provided with access to sanitation facilities (latrine, bathing and hand washing facilities) across the country.

    • More than one million people were reached through essential sanitation and hygiene messages.

Gaps

  • Given the scope of needs across the country, many regions still lack sufficient partners’ presence.

  • Lack of funding remains a concern to implement critical WASH activities across affected areas.

  • While emergency water trucking alleviates immediate needs, drought affected areas require long term investments in water systems to address needs in the region. Linking emergency and long-term response needs to be further strengthened.

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