Ethiopia: Acute Watery Diarrhoea

September 2, 2009

CHF 226,225 (USD 213,420 or EUR 150,817) has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 750,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Following the current Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak in more than 6 regions of Ethiopia, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has made an appeal to all partners to mitigate the ever increasing AWD outbreaks in the country. AWD cases are increasing all over the country and the number of Woredas (Districts) affected has increased from 27 to 47, including a sub city in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) has been doing its best in mobilizing resources including Red Cross volunteers, drugs, medical supplies and cholera treatment centres (CTC) equipment as well as in establishing “Red Cross cholera treatment centres” particularly in the compound of one General hospital in Addis Ababa. Drugs, medical supplies and CTC equipment are being distributed to all affected regions including North Shoa of Amhara region, Arsi, West Arsi, East Shoa and West Harrerge of Oromiya.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 30 November 2009; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 30 March 2010).