A day in the life of a teacher in Ethiopia
BENISHANGUL-GUMUZ, Ethiopia, 5 October 2016 – Bek’elech Merga wakes up every morning at 6:00 a.m. to prepare for her classes. As a young elementary school teacher, she teaches grade 5 at ShimelaKono School in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region in the western part of the country.
In drought-stricken Ethiopia, stopping measles in its tracks
TIGRAY REGION, Ethiopia, 27 April 2016 – The little girls and boys line up at the Mereb Mieti Health Centre, rolling up their sleeves and baring their arms in turn as the nurse deftly administers the measles vaccine.
In Ethiopia, a young boy holds the promise of a healthy nation
ROMEY, Ethiopia, 20 October 2015 – Moges dashes across the grass with a herding whip in hand. At 2 years old, he can’t make it crack like his father or the other men in Romey kebele (sub-district), a pastoralist area a few hours outside Addis Ababa where his family lives. But he smiles proudly as he loops it in wide circles around his head.
In Ethiopia, a partnership to improve nutrition
GEMECHIS, Ethiopia, 24 August 2015 – Early in the morning, one-and-a-half-year-old Mikias Asnake laughs as his mother, Meseret Haile, bathes him at home in the Gemechis woreda (district), in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Meseret is preparing to join a community conversation at the nearby Wolargi health post, to learn how to ensure the health of children and mothers in the community.
In Ethiopian villages, improving water and nutrition lays groundwork for a better future
MACHAKEL DISTRICT, Ethiopia, 1 November 2013 – At 10 a.m. in the small village of Amari Yewabesh in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, Wubalem Asmamaw quietly greets her neighbours before putting down her clay pot in front of a water tap. The 17-year old student opens the spigot and fills the pot. She then walks back to her family’s home.
In Ethiopia, a far-reaching health worker programme has helped reduce child mortality across the country
GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, 13 September 2013 – For a country that once made headlines for famine, poverty and war, Ethiopia is gaining a reputation as a development leader on the African continent. In just over 10 years, the country has slashed child mortality rates by half, rising in global rank from 146 in 2000 to 68 in 2012.
Celebrating nutrition achievements in Wolaita
MANCHA, Ethiopia, 9 August 2013 – Wudnesh Zebdios is a village health extension worker. Today, she weighs children 2 years old and younger in Mancha, Wolaita zone.
African Leadership for Child Survival meeting in Ethiopia charts map for reducing child deaths
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 28 January 2013 – High rates of preventable child disease and death persist, despite the existence of simple, inexpensive high-impact interventions in newborn, child and maternal health.
In Ethiopia, placing institutions and adoption practices under scrutiny - and reuniting children with their families
JARE HINESSA, Ethiopia, 10 December 2012 - Emotions run high when baby Meseret comes home. It’s been 14 months since she was placed in an orphanage by her father, a single parent who had hoped that she would be adopted and raised abroad.
Children speak out on key issues at the third Pan African Forum on Children, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 27 November 2012 – The message of children attending the third Pan African Forum on Children was clear: Despite improvements in their welfare, a lot still needs to be done to enhance the lives of millions of children facing daunting challenges across Africa.
In Ethiopia, a community takes measures to protect girls from harmful practices including child marriage
BOSET WOREDA, Ethiopia, 24 October 2012 - A beautiful landscape surrounds the well-fenced and clean Borchota Primary School compound in Boset Woreda. The school has 168 female and 197 male students.
In Ethiopia, more HIV-positive mothers deliver babies free of the virus
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 1 August 2012 – Adanech* rushed to the Saris Health Centre in Addis Ababa when her labour pains started.
In Ethiopia's refugee camps, life-saving assistance for Somali arrivals
DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, 20 July 2012 – Mariami Ibrahim raised her hand in protest. “Never,” she declared when asked if she plans to return to Somalia.Ms. Ibrahim arrived in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia, near the borders of Somalia and Kenya, twelve months ago, following a harrowing trek from her home near Baidoa, Somalia.
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson visits programmes for adolescents, micro-enterprise
BISHOFTU, Ethiopia, 19 July 2012 – UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson visited the UNICEF-supported Bishoftu Youth Center and a micro-enterprise run by young people formerly living on the streets, on Monday, at the end of his visit to Ethiopia, where he attended the African Union Summit.
In Ethiopia, health services are protecting drought-affected children from malnutrition
KORRE ROGICHA, Ethiopia, 3 July 2012 – Shilime Erbo, a single mother of two, sits outside her hut in Korre Rogicha Village, contemplating their family’s future.
Child Survival Call to Action challenges the world to reduce child mortality
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 14 June 2012 – United Sates Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged international leaders gathered at Georgetown University to commit more resources and effort to reduce the numbers of deaths of children.
In Ethiopia, the expansion of rural health services is key to reducing child mortality
ROMEY KEBELE, Ethiopia, 13 June 2012 – Eight-week-old Moges Teshome is asleep, wrapped up in a blanket on his parent’s bed, next to the fire where dinner is being prepared. But his sleep is disturbed by coughing and heavy breathing. He has pneumonia.
In rural Ethiopia, UNICEF and ECHO support community-based nutrition services for children
HARAMAYA, Ethiopia, 9 May 2012 – At one month old, Hannan Mohammed Ibrahim lost her twin sister. Soon after, their mother, Sephora Adem, fell seriously ill.
Mobile health teams bring medical care to pastoralists in remote regions of Ethiopia
MAYOMULUKO, Ethiopia, 26 March 2012 – As a new day breaks in Mayomuluko, in Fik Zone of Ethiopia’s Somali Region, health professionals loads their vehicle with supplies for the nomadic pastoralists who live in this remote district, where infrastructure and access to basic services are scarce.
In areas once affected by famine, Ethiopia builds capacity to wipe out malnutrition
GETER MEDA, Ethiopia, 24 January 2012 – Seven-month-old Aynadis played with her mother, Seta Temesgen, as they waited to be screened at the Geter Meda Health Post. Several weeks ago, Aynadis was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition – a condition that can be deadly if untreated.
UNICEF plans to expand innovative pre-school programme
NEW YORK, USA, 9 January 2012 – A quality education is the cornerstone of every child’s rights, yet across the developing world millions of children’s futures are stunted because they don’t have the opportunity to learn.
In Ethiopia, bringing child pneumonia deaths down to zero
OROMIA REGION, Ethiopia, 27 December 2011 – One-year-old Kedir Mudi and his mother, Alemnesh Gerefa, play in the waiting area of the health post in Derer Ebija, a rural village in Oromia Region. Only three months ago, this happy toddler came dangerously close to death after contracting pneumonia, one of the leading killers of children in Ethiopia.
In Ethiopia, students learn environmental responsibility through active participation
DEBRE MARKOS, Ethiopia, 13 October 2011 – According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Ethiopia and most countries in Africa suffer from several forms of environmental degradation, leading to desertification and a detrimental impact on food and agricultural productivity and production.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors make an appeal for continued support in the Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 6 October 2011 – Goodwill Ambassadors Yuna Kim, Serena Williams, Ishmael Beah and Angelique Kidjo are making an appeal for continued support in the Horn of Africa, utilizing social media to distribute a new series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) which call on their fans to engage in the ongoing effort to end this devastating crisis.
Field diary: A safety net for the most vulnerable families in drought-prone Tigray, Ethiopia
MEKELE, Ethiopia, 22 September 2011 - The town of Mekele in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, which borders Eritrea, is only an hour’s flight from the capital, Addis Ababa, but in some ways, it’s a world away.
In Ethiopia, water trucks provide essential life-line amidst drought
MELBENA VILLAGE, BORENA, Ethiopia, 22 September 2011 - The women and children of Melbena Village anxiously await the arrival of a water truck in the drought-stricken Borena zone of the Oromia Region in southern Ethiopia, along the border with Kenya. The area has not received decent rainfall in over two years and the impact has been devastating for the largely pastoral community.
Mobile health units saving lives in drought-affected Ethiopia
GODE, Ethiopia, 13 September 2011 - For Halimo Faliid, 70, the arrival of baby Higad Mahad was bittersweet. In gaining a grandson she lost her daughter, a family tragedy that is still too common in the Horn of Africa, where the current drought is adding to the hardships of women and children.
Children help younger friends and neighbours prepare for primary school in Ethiopia
NEW YORK, USA, 1 September 2011 – Shefena Gebre Egziabeher, 12, is in the sixth grade and excels at school. “Of all the subjects I take, my favourites are math and English. I like them because they are simple if you apply yourself,” she says.
At African Union pledge event, Ghanaian boy calls for urgent action on Horn of Africa crisis
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 26 August 2011 – On his first airplane flight, and his first trip outside of his native Ghana, Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 11, arrived here with his father to give an inspirational speech at the African Union’s pledging conference. The event was held this week in support of more than 12 million people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa.
Community-based nutrition programme targets children at risk in Ethiopia
KEBSO TEKOMA, Ethiopia, 25 August 2011 – Bedria Yuya has just learned that one of her eight-month-old twins, Hehumati Shemsedin, is severely underweight. The news comes during a monthly growth-monitoring session in her village in drought-affected eastern Ethiopia.
Outpatient therapeutic feeding programmes save lives in Ethiopia
BORENA, Ethiopia, 24 August 2011 – Berida Jateni, 40, appears worried and gaunt and much older than her years. Sitting next to her hut in drought-ravaged Borena near the Kenya border she laments the impact of the drought that is threatening to destroy her pastoralist way of life.
UNICEF-supported mass vaccination campaign in Ethiopian refugee camp continues
DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, 22 August 2011 –Taakow, 40, sits under the stingy shade of a shrub with her two-year-old, taking a rest from the sun and a tumultuous morning where her toddler was one of hundreds of children to receive a jab in the arm, two drops to the tongue, and a purple ink print to the thumb during a mass measles and polio vaccination campaign that began last week in one of the Dollo Ado refugee camps on the Somalian border.
Ethiopian mothers struggle to feed their children amidst drought crisis
ODOLEKA, Ethiopia, 10 August 2011 – In a small farming community just outside the capital of Addis Ababa, Montegbosh nurses her 18-month-old son. Like many young mothers in this drought-inflicted country, she is opting to nurse longer - she simply has nothing else to feed her toddler.
Government of Japan supports therapeutic feeding to treat malnutrition in Ethiopia
FEDIS DISTRICT, Ethiopia, 9 August 2011 – Zara Ahmed is worried. The youngest of her seven children, 10-month-old Nayle Kelifa, has not been eating well and has lost a lot of weight. Drought in eastern Ethiopia has delayed the harvest of corn, peanuts, cabbage, potatoes and other vegetables that Ms. Ahmed relies on to feed her children.
Community Based Nutrition programme holds off hunger in drought-prone Ethiopia
CHANCHO, Ethiopia, 4 August 2011 – Brightly clad mothers with babies strapped to their backs make their way to the centre of Chancho village, located in the Deder district of eastern Ethiopia. There, volunteer community health worker Kasim Jibral is setting up weighing scales for the village’s monthly growth-monitoring session.
In Ethiopia, UNICEF-supported programme fights malnutrition amidst severe drought
BELINA ARBA, FEDIS, 25 July 2011 – Genete Mohammed carries her 18-month-old daughter Iman to the Belina Arba Health Post in drought-affected Fedis District in Eastern Ethiopia for the weekly UNICEF-supported outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP).
In Ethiopia, UNICEF helps meet water supply challenges in drought-hit Raya Azebo district
AZEBO, Ethiopia, 1 July 2011 – Tilalem Kiros, 13, a seventh grader in Raya Azebo district in the Tigray Region of northern Ethiopia, wants to be a doctor when she grows up. But she fears her daily struggle for water will ultimately prevent her.
In Ethiopia, Universal Ratification Campaign targets protecting all African children
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 8 June 2011 – About 50 high level participants from Ethiopia, the African Union Commission, UN agencies, international organizations and civil society attended the African Universal Ratification Campaign at the end of May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
UNICEF and European Union respond as climate change alters lives in Kenya and Ethiopia
NEW YORK, USA, 24 May 2011 – Climate change seems to be blighting large parts of Africa. The effects are more pronounced than in the industrialized world, and people in developing nations are less able to deal with them.
Health workers and community members work together to prevent child malnutrition in Ethiopia
DEDER DISTRICT, Ethiopia, 20 April 2011 – Sartu Abdela, a community health worker in the village of Oda Kebena, holds a meeting for mothers with children under the age of two in a local administration office. The mothers, wrapped in colourful outfits, have come for a monthly nutrition check-up for their children, who will be weighed and have their mid-upper arm circumference measured.
African adolescents gather to review progress on youth development
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 18 April 2011 – About 300 adolescents from across Africa and the diaspora gathered at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, earlier this month to review progress made by African governments in implementing youth initiatives.
Student-run WASH club promotes proper sanitation and hygiene practices in Ethiopia
SOMALI REGION, Ethiopia, 14 April 2011 - At ten minutes to break time, Kadr Hassen, 15, and other members of the Harmukayle Haji Mumin School’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) club here in Harmukayle, Shinile Zone, make their way to the compound where the cooks are preparing the mid-morning school meal.
UNICEF Executive Director sees progress of community-based programmes in Ethiopia
GONDAR, Ethiopia, 5 April 2011 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited a number of programmes that are following an equity-based strategy designed to reach out to the poorest and most vulnerable communities during his recent visit to Ethiopia.
In Ethiopia, UNICEF Executive Director sees equity strategy accelerating development
TIGRAY, Ethiopia, 1 April 2011 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has been in northern Ethiopia this week, witnessing first-hand the progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals through an equity-based strategy that reaches out to the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
Two districts in northern Ethiopia declare an end to female genital cutting
AFAR, Ethiopia, 20 January 2011 – An official declaration marking the abandonment of female genital cutting was issued recently in the Amibara and the Awash-Fentale districts of Ethiopia’s Afar Region.
National campaign provides life-saving measles vaccinations in Ethiopia
DALE SISTRICT, Ethiopia, 11 November 2010 – This past October, Meaza Worga, 25, took her place in the bustling queue at the Dale District vaccination post in Moto village and waited patiently – if not a tad anxiously - to get her six-month-old baby Dagmawi Ayalew immunized against measles and polio.
Measles outbreak prompts vaccination campaign
African Development Forum builds consensus on climate change and sustainable growth
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 3 November 2010 – Hundreds of stakeholders from across the continent gathered here recently for the Seventh African Development Forum, or ADF VII, to discuss the forum’s theme, ‘Acting on Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa.’
Ethiopian short film wins UNICEF Prize at international contest in Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 3 November 2010 – An Ethiopian TV series that featured a short film about a young woman who challenges harmful practices has won the UNICEF Prize at an international film contest in Japan. The Whiz Kids Workshop film, entitled ‘Involve Me – Yemeserach,’ highlights children’s work in addressing issues such as exploitation and early marriage.
Cash-transfer programme in Ethiopia transforms lives of vulnerable families
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 1 October 2010 – Roman Zewdu, 22, styles hair in the salon she opened in the front half of the one-room home she shares with her two younger sisters in Gondar Town.
Health MDGs can be achieved equitably
NEW YORK, USA, 20 September 2010 – Progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals remains a fierce challenge for many in the developing world. Countries that have seen significant improvements in child and maternal health (MDGs 4, 5 and 6) have done so by refocusing on the poorest and most marginalized children and families.
In Ethiopia's parched regions, a water and sanitation programme reaches out
TSAHILO, Ethiopia, 16 September 2010 – Meles Gebregziabhere, 84, cannot remember how many great-grandchildren he has. But his memory is a treasure trove for the children who gather to hear his recollections of their village, Tsahilo, in northern Ethiopia.
With UNICEF and European Union support, young women lead the charge against cutting
IMDIBIR, Ethiopia, 24 August 2010 – When she was seven years old, Maeza Garedew, now 14, was blindfolded and her hands and legs tied behind her back. She was laid on a board and then taken outside to the garden.
In rural Ethiopia, health extension workers bring care to new mothers
WONDO GENET, Ethiopia, 5 August 2010 – Beaming with pride, new mother Martha Getachew arrives at the Wosha and Soyama village health clinic in central Ethiopia. She is greeted fondly by community health workers, known here as ‘health extension workers.’
UNICEF Spain Ambassador and NBA star Pau Gasol visits children in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 26 July 2010 – Los Angeles Lakers basketball star and UNICEF Spain Ambassador Pau Gasol has just spent a week visiting UNICEF-supported education, nutrition and child protection programmes in Ethiopia – and sharing his time with children who live under very difficult conditions here.
UNICEF helps to raise HIV awareness along the Ethiopia-Djibouti transport corridor
DJIBOUTI VILLE, Djibouti, 6 July 2010 – In the scorching heat of a June morning, boys and young men from the PK 12 neighbourhood, on the outskirts of Djibouti Ville, are gathered in front of a large container competing in a game of babyfoot, a.k.a. table football.
African Union leaders and international experts launch campaign to combat human trafficking
ABUJA, Nigeria, 8 April 2010 – An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide each year for sexual exploitation and cheap labor. Child trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar industry that affects every country in the world – either as a source of trafficked children or a destination for them – and the global economic crisis has only exacerbated this grave violation of human rights.
Young people awarded the chance to join world renowned photographers on a trip to Ethiopia
LONDON, United Kingdom, 11 January 2010 – To mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 20 November 2009, the World Photography Organisation, Sony Corporation and UNICEF are giving six young photographers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Ethiopia for a photography workshop complete with mentoring from acclaimed photographer and humanitarian activist Reza.
UN Health 4 group ends visit to Ethiopia with proposal for joint Flagship Programme on Maternal and Newborn Health
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 05 January 2010 – Ethiopian health officials, the UN Country Team in Ethiopia and visiting UN Health 4 (H4) partners have developed a comprehensive two-year work plan to support maternal and newborn health (MNH) and survival in the country.
Malaria testing and treatment for Ethiopians in remote regions
JANGWA, Ethiopia, 25 November 2009 – A steady flow of parents and children make their way to the Jangwa Health Post in Dembia District, seeking treatment for malaria. The rainy season has recently ended, creating ideal breeding conditions for malaria-bearing mosquitoes here in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.
Therapeutic feeding saves children’s lives in drought-stricken Ethiopia
ANJA JAFFA, Ethiopia, 13 November 2009 - Almaz Kare, 20, a mother of two, watches as her four-year-old daughter Masento finishes the sachet of ready-to-use-therapeutic food.
Ethiopian children celebrate Global Handwashing Day with running star Shaleka Haile Gebrselassie
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 30 October 2009 – Ethiopian schoolchildren recently celebrated Global Handwashing Day, with roughly 24,000 participating schools in Ethiopia.
Partners bolster cross-border political support for African children in crisis
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 15 October 2009 – Millions of African children live in a state of almost permanent crisis brought on by conflict, instability, disease and the impact of the global economic downturn.
In Ethiopia, African women parliamentarians condemn female genital mutilation
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 14 September 2009 – In a room filled with visiting dignitaries and members of the Ethiopian National Assembly, Tadeletch Shanko’s voice was whisper-quiet as she talked about the difficult subject of female genital mutilation/cutting, or FGM/C.
Ethiopia celebrates World Breastfeeding Week for the first time
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 7 August 2009 – World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated in Ethiopia for the first time this year. The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and other partners joined more than 120 countries worldwide to mark the occasion earlier this week.
Ready-to-use therapeutic food helps save children’s lives in southern Ethiopia
BORICHA, Ethiopia, 28 May 2009 – Every week, mothers from the drought-affected villages of Ethiopia’s Boricha district bring their children to be weighed and measured at the Yirba Health Centre.
At Inter-Parliamentary Union conference, a call to action on adolescent girls’ rights
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 9 April 2009 – Adolescent girls in developing countries are the world’s greatest untapped resource for stability and growth. As economic actors and future mothers, safe, healthy, educated, economically empowered girls have the means to escape poverty and ignite progress.
'Child-to-Child' programme blends learning with playtime in Ethiopia
DIMA GURANDA, Ethiopia, 25 March 2009 – Wenishe, 12, is a grade six student at the Dima School in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. It was there that she volunteered to become one of 30 Young Facilitators for the 'Getting Ready for School: A Child-to-Child Approach' project.
The Great Ethiopian Run raises fund for orphans and vulnerable children
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 4 December 2008 - At the crack of dawn, 32,000 registered participants came together in Maskal Square to participate in Africa’s biggest 10 km road race – the Great Ethiopian Run. UNICEF and the Great Ethiopian Run have been partners for the past three years, committed to fighting HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.
A million Ethiopian children lather up with soap on Global Handwashing Day
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 16 October 2008 – Addis Ababa’s Maskal Square came alive in the spirit of handwashing yesterday as 1 million Ethiopian children united to wash their hands with soap and water in celebration of the first-ever Global Handwashing Day.
At General Assembly event, a call for equity and action on development goals
NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2008 – On the opening day of the United Nations General Assembly session yesterday, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said there is a long way to go to reach the Millennium Development Goals by their 2015 target date. And the challenges are greatest in countries dealing with conflict and post-conflict situations, as well as those most affected by HIV/AIDS.
Insecticide-treated bednets save lives in Ethiopia
SHEBEDINO, Ethiopia, 5 August 2008 – The rainy season is well underway in much of Ethiopia, but while the rains bring hope to rural communities, they also create ideal breeding conditions for malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Project aims to ensure education for child labourers in drought-affected Ethiopia
AWASSA, Ethiopia, 28 July 2008 – In the districts around Awassa, it is becoming increasingly difficult to earn a livelihood. As the population has grown, the size of available plots of land has diminished. And now drought, along with rising food prices, has exacerbated an already desperate situation.
Attending to the needs of severely malnourished children in eastern Ethiopia
EASTERN HARERGHE, Ethiopia, 10 July 2008 – One month ago, Kimia Gotu, six-months pregnant and a mother of four, and her two-year-old daughter, Destu Omer Hassen, were sharing the grounds of the Baroda therapeutic feeding centre with 75 severely malnourished children.
Deputy Executive Director calls for immediate action on malnutrition in Ethiopia
GURAGE ZONE, Ethiopia, 25 June 2008 – Mubarek weighed barely 3.5 kg when he arrived at the Kuno Alimena Health Post in Ethiopia's drought-affected Gurage Zone. Mubarek’s weight would be average for a newborn baby, but as a toddler, he weighs approximately one third of what he should. His diagnosis is severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF makes plea for additional resources to help stave off malnutrition in Ethiopia
SIRARO DISRICT, Ethiopia, 2 June 2008 – UNICEF estimates that 126,000 children are in need of urgent therapeutic care for severe malnutrition in Ethiopia, and this number is likely to climb as more harvests fail.
UNICEF seeks additional funds to aid children affected by Ethiopia’s growing food crisis
EAST HARERGHE, Ethiopia, 19 May 2008—Ibro Bekeri Yusuf’s daughter Khesna, age five, is severely malnourished. He has carried her to the UNICEF-supported therapeutic feeding unit at Bissidimo Hospital so that she can receive life-saving treatment such as therapeutic milk.
Creating a healthy environment by building latrines in Ethiopia's Amhara Region
MOTA DISTRICT, Ethiopia, 17 October 2007 – Tiringo Haile, a mother of three girls who lives in a farming community in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region, has lived most of her life without access to a toilet or latrine.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman take the ‘Long Way Down’ to support landmine education
NEW YORK, USA, 24 July 2007 – Riding a motorcycle from Northern Scotland all the way to South Africa may not be the most expedient form of travel. But for Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor and UNICEF supporter Charley Boorman, it is the trip of a lifetime – an adventure which is helping to raise funds and awareness for children.
Executive Director visits new school for orphaned and vulnerable children
AWASSA, Ethiopia, 23 February 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited the newly built Berhan Guzo School for orphaned and disadvantaged children here on Wednesday.
UNICEF Executive Director inaugurates Ethiopia’s first Plumpy’nut factory
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 21 February 2007 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman inaugurated Ethiopia’s first Plumpy’nut therapeutic food factory in Addis Ababa yesterday.
Health workers reach remote villagers in Ethiopia with tetanus vaccine
TURMI, Ethiopia, 18 December 2006 – The town criers had been out since dawn, walking around the domed, wood-framed huts, calling out and blowing their horns.
Two US youths with HIV join the fight against AIDS in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 30 November 2006 – Kimberly Canady, 19, and Elias Perez, 20, both from Brooklyn, look tired but have a sparkle in their eyes as they arrive in Ethiopia after the 16-hour flight donated by Ethiopian Airlines.
Hip-hop star Zola named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at African Development Forum
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 17 November 2006 – Hip-hop star Zola – who has made his name as a rapper and actor from Soweto, South Africa – was named as a regional Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF today.
Youth leaders speak out at African Development Forum
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 16 November 2006 – The fifth African Development Forum kicked off today as hundreds of delegates, including young people from around the continent, arrived here in the Ethiopian capital to face tomorrow’s challenges.
Severe floods ravage eastern Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 14 November 2006 – Tens of thousands of people in eastern Africa have fled their homes, and many have died, as a result of heavy flooding in recent weeks. Somalia in particular has been severely affected, along with neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya.
African Development Forum set to focus on key role of young people
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 14 November 2006 – Young people from all over Africa will join UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, political leaders and entertainment stars here in the Ethiopian capital this week for the fifth African Development Forum.
Ethiopian President and Olympic stars launch ‘Dream Campaign’ for orphaned children
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 7 November 2006 – Ethiopian Olympic star Haile Gebrselassie urged people to put on their running shoes and take part in a groundbreaking campaign for Ethiopia’s 6 million orphans.
UK Members of Parliament and Chaka Chaka witness malaria control efforts
ADAMA, Ethiopia, 3 November 2006 – Two members of the British Parliament recently visited Malawi and Ethiopia to witness the countries’ malaria control efforts.
Outpatient therapeutic feeding improves child nutrition in Ethiopia
SIDAMA ZONE, Ethiopia, 25 October 2006 – Fifteen-month-old Shurube Hatiso plays on her mother’s lap as they await the child’s weekly nutritional and medical check-up. It is provided by the non-governmental organization Action Contre la Faim (ACF) with the support of UNICEF and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department.
Resources needed to help children and families cope with Ethiopia floods
LAKE TANA, Ethiopia, 11 September 2006 – Sisay Zegey, 8, huddled close to her older sister at the edge of a crowd gathered in the middle of a windswept open field in Ethiopia's central Amhara Region.
Japan donation protects flood-affected children from malaria and polio
ADDIS ABABA, 29 August 2006 – UNICEF has received $4.7 from the Government of Japan for malaria control and polio eradication in Ethiopia.
UNICEF issues urgent appeal as Ethiopia flood toll rises and supplies run low
NEW YORK, 29 August 2006 – Hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands more made homeless by floods sweeping across Ethiopia. UNICEF has launched an emergency appeal for $18.35 million to provide food, shelter and medicine to those struggling to survive.
Japan donates $16 million to help prevent childhood diseases in four African nations
NEW YORK, USA, 4 August 2006 – The Government of Japan has announced a nearly $16 million donation to UNICEF, to help reduce child mortality and achieve Millennium Development Goals in four African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sudan.
UNICEF teams race to save children after diarrhoea outbreaks in Ethiopia and Kenya
ADALE, Ethiopia, 20 July 2006 – Abdi Kafi, 4, lies crying in his mother’s arms, weak and listless after three weeks of recurrent diarrhoea.
UNICEF and Volvic Germany provide safe water in rural Ethiopia
SOUTH GONDAR, Ethiopia, 14 July 2006 – Yezab Menge and her neighbour help each other strap large earthenware pots filled with over 15 litres of clean water onto their backs. The water is drawn with a hand pump from a well constructed in their district using funds donated by bottled-water supplier Volvic Germany through the German Committee for UNICEF.
Battling an ancient tradition: Female genital mutilation in Ethiopia
FAFFAN, Ethiopia, 10 July 2006 – These days, Asmah, 6, and her friends Deca, Ferhia and Hassina are secluded from their community. Their legs are tied together and they are told to sleep as much as possible and not to wash; it will help heal their wounds, adults say.
In Ethiopia, schools empty as effects of drought wear on
GODE, Somali Region, Ethiopia, 29 June 2006 – Mahad Muhumud Yussuf used to enjoy going to school with his big sister.
Alternative Basic Education keeps pastoral children’s dreams alive
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 19 June 2006 – Ten-year-old Medina Humed Ahmed opens up about her dreams for the future.
In Ethiopia, better education for a better future
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 15 June 2006 – As countries around the world commemorate the Day of the African Child tomorrow – the anniversary of a historic child-led protest for access to basic quality education in Soweto, South Africa – the day also marks a milestone for children in Ethiopia.
Closing the gender gap: An Ethiopian girl shines shoes to pay for school
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 8 June 2006 – Meskerem Geremew knew she had to get an education. So the 12-year-old girl from Ethiopia’s bustling capital, Addis Ababa, decided to take action.
Mobile health and nutrition teams aid drought-affected families in Ethiopia
GODE, Ethiopia, 18 May 2006 – Mohamed Abdi’s livestock started dying in February, when drought began to grip the land around his home in Amale, here in Ethiopia’s remote Somali region.
In Ethiopia’s troubled Gambella region, a master plan to get children back to school
GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, 17 May 2006 – During a visit to western Gambella, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah laid out a master plan to get more children back to school in one of Ethiopia's most strife-torn regions.
Immunization and health campaign protects drought-affected children in southern Ethiopia
BORENA ZONE, Ethiopia, 4 April 2006 – Chachu Guyyo, a thin and energetic 74-year-old, was making slow progress with her four grandchildren towards the health post. They had been waiting in a queue for hours, along with 40 other women and children, to receive the medicines and vaccines being dispensed.
Coping with severe drought in Ethiopia's southern Moyale district
MOYALE DISTRICT, Southern Ethiopia, 20 February 2006 – More than 100 men, women and children crowd around the edge of a rough-cast well in Ethiopia's southern Moyale district – held back by a single man carrying a whip fashioned out of a broken branch.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman: Urgent action needed in drought-stricken Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 7 February 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is calling for immediate action in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa to keep children from dying.
UNICEF appeals for $16 million to fund emergency drought relief in the Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 3 February 2006 – UNICEF has launched an appeal for $16 million dollars to fund emergency aid in the Horn of Africa. More than 8 million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti are affected by a worsening drought. With rain not due until April, UNICEF fears the situation will deteriorate even further.
UNICEF launches relief appeal as severe drought threatens Ethiopia
GODE, Ethiopia, 26 January 2006 – Two tiny babies lie cradled in the arms of their mother and older sister in Gode Hospital, near the southernmost edge of Ethiopia's remote, drought-stricken Somali region. At first glance you would never know that they were twins.
Ethiopia: Steady increase in street children orphaned by AIDS
BAHR DAR, Amhara Region, Ethiopia, 20 January 2006 – “The street has been my home since I can remember. It’s been more than one year since I moved here (Bahr Dar) and all this time, I have not seen one good thing about living on the street. Everything is horrible,” says 14-year-old Mandefro Kassa, who grew up as an orphan on the streets of Woreta, a provincial town in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS Campaign
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 25 October 2005 – Haile Gebrselassie, one of the greatest distance runners of all time, helped to launch UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS in Ethiopia.
Japan helps UNICEF eradicate polio in Ethiopia
NEW YORK, 15 August 2005 - As the children of Ethiopia continue to live under the threat of polio, the government of Japan has donated $5 million to help UNICEF and its partners eradicate the deadly virus in the country.
UNICEF calls for an additional $35.93 million to save the lives of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 8 August 2005 - UNICEF requires an additional $35.93 million to save the lives of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable children. Half a million children in Ethiopia die every year from preventable deaths as a result of malnutrition and disease. This figure is more than the entire population of Edinburgh in Scotland - the country that hosted this year’s G8 summit - or Las Vegas in the United States.
Ethiopia: Urgent appeal for children
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 12 July 2005 – Despite the G8 leaders’ latest pledge to double annual aid to Africa, UNICEF warns that donors are showing signs of compassion fatigue over the plight of Ethiopia’s severely malnourished and dying children.
Ethiopia hunger crisis worsens, 136,000 children severely malnourished
NEW YORK, 5 May 2005 – Around 136,000 children living in the worst-affected areas of Ethiopia are thought to be severely malnourished as a result of the hunger crisis now unfolding in the country. The United Nations and partners are seeking $320 million for emergency humanitarian aid in a ‘Flash Appeal’.
Diary from Ethiopia: Witness to the silent killer
BORICHA WOREDA, Ethiopia, 26 April 2005 - Space is cramped at Derara Health Centre, where 34 children were being treated for severe acute malnutrition on the day we visited.
Ethiopia’s children dying from malnutrition
NEW YORK, 26 April 2005 – Ethiopia’s children are dying from malnutrition as food shortages sweep the country. The death rate among those under five is particularly high and the situation is said to be deteriorating. Failed rains and a chronic lack of water are adding to the suffering.
Protecting 15 million children from polio
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 23 March 2005 – A nationwide polio immunization campaign supported by UNICEF will soon kick off in Ethiopia, seeking to protect more than 15 million children under the age of 5 from the devastating disease.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors help raise $40,000 for ‘Africa Unite’
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 8 February 2005 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Danny Glover and Angélique Kidjo helped raise $40,000 at a benefit concert for ‘Africa Unite’. Kidjo, who's from Benin in West Africa, performed and Glover, the world-renowned actor, hosted the UNICEF event on 4 February to help raise money for the construction of the Bob Marley Youth Development Centre in Addis Ababa.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover chairs Africa Unite Symposium
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 2 February 2005 - The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover is chairing the opening of the Africa Unite Symposium on Wednesday in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. The three-day symposium brings selected participants from the field of academia, art and activism together with a prominent group of young activists and artists from the continent and the African Diaspora.
Celebrating Bob Marley’s vision, Angelique Kidjo to sing at ‘Africa Unite’
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and West African singer Angelique Kidjo is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a month-long celebration called ‘Africa Unite’.
Danny Glover and the Great Ethiopian Run
ADDIS ABABA, 28 November 2004 – Under the endless Ethiopian sky, thousands upon thousands of athletes came together to participate in Africa’s biggest road race – the Great Ethiopian Run. Meskel Square in downtown Addis Ababa came alive as the vivid colours of the participants’ t-shirts shone like a sunlit sea.
Clean water and adequate sanitation keeping children in school
GEWANE, Ethiopia, 16 November 2004 - The mid-morning bell sounds, releasing a group of cheerful Gewane Primary School students; most of them go directly to water taps for a drink. The taps are new – they were installed this summer as part of a joint World Vision - UNICEF water and sanitation project.
Ethiopia launches new website
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 10 November 2004 - The brand new UNICEF Ethiopia website is launching today.
Waiting for rain: Ethiopia threatened by drought
NEW YORK, 29 October 2004 – A drought on the scale of previous disasters is threatening Ethiopia’s Somali region, where children are already suffering from food and water shortages. A United Nations rapid response report says the area is declining into crisis with some parts in a state of emergency.
During Malaria Week in Ethiopia, community health promoters support effort to battle deadly disease
EROBRE, Ethiopia, 1 September 2004 – Baru Kura is a teacher…but he does not work in a classroom. He knows a lot about health…but he’s not a doctor. Baru is a volunteer for UNICEF. And his work is in the spotlight during Malaria Week in Ethiopia.
Japanese government donates $3.4 million for eradicating polio and tetanus in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 2 August 2004 – Members of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, the Japanese Embassy and UNICEF participated today in a signing ceremony in honour of a $3.4 million donation by the Japanese Government to help fight polio and tetanus in Ethiopia.
UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy helps launch Child-to-Child Survey
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 15 June 2004 — Eleven-year-old Amir Mohamed sells chewing gum and sweets on the streets of Piazza, a busy, chaotic section of downtown Addis Ababa, so he can make ends meet for himself and his family. He had to drop out of school two years ago because he couldn’t afford the cost of 30 birr (less than $4) he needed to pay every three months.