On Friday, Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, Mitiku Kassa, and Mr. Aeneas Chuma, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, have officially launched the joint Government and humanitarian partners’ Ethiopia Humanitarian Response Plan for 2019.
The Response Plan lays out prioritized multi-sector humanitarian needs in 2019 targeting 8.3 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance amounting to US$ 1.314 billion.
Some 4.4 million people are targeted for nutrition support, including 609,961 children under five years of age targeted for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
The needs are identified through a thorough analysis of the overall humanitarian needs of the country, through the Humanitarian Needs Overview.
Commissioner Mitiku Kassa said: “As I speak today, 8 million people require emergency food or cash assistance, of whom 46 per cent are in Oromia, 22 per cent in Somali, 12 per cent in Amhara, 10 per cent in SNNP, 4 per cent each in Tigray and Afar regions. The remaining beneficiaries are in Gambela, Benishangul Gumuz, Harari and Dire Dawa.”
Mr. Aeneas Chuma said: “We acknowledge and appreciate the Government’s leadership in addressing the needs of people affected by crisis across the country. We also recognize the daunting challenges ahead and the urgent need to scaleup assistance.
“International humanitarian partners are committed to continue to closely work with Government counterparts and to provide timely assistance to affected populations based on needs. This is the humanitarian imperative we abide by, and a testament of our commitment and partnership with the people and Government of Ethiopia.
“I call upon the international community to continue their generosity and to provide the required resources in time to help alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable people.”
Commissioner Mitiku added: “Ethiopia is at a transition.
“This is a time of hope and ample opportunity for the country and the region as a whole. Some of the humanitarian challenges from conflict hazard we have been seeing in recent months, and which is affecting many people are an unfortunate effect of transitional periods. But the Government of Ethiopia is strongly committed to address this transitional challenge, and we thank our partners and friends, who stood by us at this critical time.”