US$900 million needed for 2017 Ethiopia drought response while the global need reaches record $22.2 billion
By UN OCHA,
Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians.
Urgent funding gaps for the response remain across multiple sectors to the end of 2016, notably for response to Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD), for interventions in animal health and food assistance.
Major funding requirements are already anticipated for early 2017, as there are concerning indications that the current negative Indian Ocean Dipole, may affect water availability, livestock body condition and Meher harvest performance in parts of southern and eastern Ethiopia.
The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) for 2017 was lunched on 05 December 2016 appealing for a record $22.2 billion to meet the needs of 92.8 million most vulnerable people in 33 countries around the world.
Although the overall financial requirements for Ethiopia are anticipated to go down by 44 per cent when compared to 2016, the Government and humanitarian partners are recalibrating the nationally-led response to address residual and emerging needs, including new symptoms of drought in Eastern and Southern parts of the country.
It is anticipated that 5.6 million people will require food assistance; 1.2 million children and pregnant and lactating mothers will require supplementary feeding; 9.2 million people will be without safe drinking water and 2.4 million households will need livestock support.