Ethiopia: Adapting operations during COVID-19 to meet humanitarian needs

The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been present in Ethiopia since the beginning of the 1977 Ethio-Somalia armed conflict. ICRC current major activities in Ethiopia address the humanitarian needs of people affected by conflict and other situations of violence.

ICRC work closely with the Ethiopian Red Cross Society to restore family links among separated people. We visit places of detention to ensure that the treatment meted out to the detainees is humanitarian in nature. ICRC also help people with physical disabilities get access to quality and sustainable physical rehabilitation services.

ICRC also help promote the knowledge of international humanitarian law among members of the defence and police forces as well as higher learning institutions, legal professionals and policymakers.

Since March 2020, the ICRC delegation in Ethiopia has rapidly adapted to the evolving reality of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country and is stepping up its response to the pandemic integrating COVID-19 as an important new parameter in its operations.

Highlights of our work in Ethiopia from January to June 2020

More than 17,180 detainees visited in different places of detention

Provided 48,155 free phone calls to refugees and returnees

Provided basic medical supplies and emergency kits to 6 primary health care units and 5 hospitals

Together with the ERCS, supplied infection prevention and control materials to 17 COVID-19 treatment centres

Distributed farming seeds to 74,300 people affected by ethnic violence

Provided livestock vaccination to more than 450,000 domestic animals belonging to 196,800 semi-pastoralists

Constructed underground water storage benefiting 4,500 people

Enabled 2,918 people living with disabilities to access physical rehabilitation services

SOURCE: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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