The Emergency Coordination Centers in Tigray, Amhara and Afar conduct regular coordination meetings to strengthen preparedness to respond to needs resulting from the Tigray conflict. Response is also being coordinated with local available resources, where possible.
In Afar, an operational plan is being developed for humanitarian partners to continue operation and access to the border districts. IOM is planning rapid displacement assessment with engagements of sector office and partners to get access to the areas to monitor and track the displacements.
As per the Government’s announcement to open a humanitarian access route, humanitarian partners, under the leadership of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator supported by UNOCHA, has been in discussion with the Government taskforce established for this purpose. Preparations were made to deploy rapid assessment teams to Tigray, and areas affected by the conflict in the Ahmara and Afar borders.
UNHCR and partners in Shire continue to coordinate protection delivery to the refugee camps although humanitarian presence greatly depends on the evolving security situation. In Amhara, OCHA is leading an inter-agency coordination meeting attended by UN agencies, I/NGOs and federal-based WASH and NFI Cluster Coordinators.
In Tigray, the Mekelle DRMTWG has established an Emergency Coordination Center (ECC). The ECC has finalized the operational plan. ICRC, WASH, and the Health bureau have started responding with the available resources but are calling for urgent mobilization of resources to avert malnutrition, impact of COVID-19 pandemic, and waterborne diseases, including cholera.