➤ Requiring immediate food assistance: 7 million
➤ Malnourished children: around 5 million
➤ Internally displaced people: 1.8 million (as of June, 2020)
Ethiopia saw a three-fold increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in July with 5,689 cases by end June compared to 15,810 cases as of the end of July. Concern over the likelihood of further spike is high given that 59 per cent of recent cases resulted through community transmission.
An overwhelming majority of the infected people were asymptomatic/did not show any symptom of the illness. According to the Government Emergency Operation Center (EOC), 85.6 per cent of the cases in the regions were asymptomatic and identified through screening in health centers. Men seem to be most affected (69 per cent of cases), and the age group of 15-24 years.
The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has provided a compelling vision for moving from a reactive to an anticipatory humanitarian system. Today, we can predict with growing confidence the occurrence and humanitarian impact of climatic shocks. In these cases, neither the shock nor the way a crisis will unfold should surprise us. Data can contribute to facilitate the decision to trigger the release of pre-arranged finance for pre- agreed interventions that mitigate the impact of such hazards before they happen. By taking this anticipatory approach – using evidence of risk instead of suffering – to respond, we can better protect and save more lives, and increase the impact of available funds.
High levels of acute food insecurity persist across much of central and eastern Ethiopia due to compounding effects of COVID-19 related restrictions, continued drought recovery, atypically high food prices, conflict-related displacement, weather hazards, and desert locusts. Of greatest concern are areas in north-central Amhara, specifically the Wag Himera Zone, where people and livestock movement are significantly restricted and even with ongoing assistance households still face food consumption gaps