Donors Join Hands to Fight Malnutrition

Jun 27 , 2020

UNICEF and the World Food Programme have launched a three-year collaborative initiative for the prevention of acute malnutrition in Ethiopia. The initiative focuses on children and mothers in 100 weredas and promotes health and nutrition in 600 schools. The partnership will select vulnerable weredas in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities & People, Somali and Tigray regional states. It is expected to help Ethiopia decrease acute malnutrition in children from nearly 10pc to less than three percent by 2030. There have been signs of increased malnutrition due to COVID-19 and the desert locust infestation, according to UNICEF Country Representative Adele Khodr. This joint effort can support the government of Ethiopia to drastically help prevent the root cause of malnutrition, according to the director. This year, 4.4 million people in the country will require treatment for severe and acute malnutrition – 2.7 million children and 1.7 million pregnant and breastfeeding women. In order for the country to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition, the annual rate of reduction in acute malnutrition needs to increase ten-fold.



A street lamp around Addis Abeba Stadium melds into the concrete backdrop emblematic of the capital's ageing infrastructure. Over the past few years, Ethiopia's electric grid has been subject to destruction and theft, subjecting the public treasury to hundreds of millions in losses. Nearly half of the country's population does not have access to electricity. A series of projects by the World Bank has contributed to the slight but essential upgrade to the nation's grid, including a 500 million do...



A trio of donkeys drag along the main road in front of Menlik School around the Arat Kilo area. While the four-legged domestic animal is a venerated member of the Ethiopian labour force, its skin and meat are increasingly valued in the international markets. Rhong Chang, a donkey slaughterhouse operating in Assela Town, Oromia Regional State reopened its services after a seven-year break two years ago. Public outroar has often accompanied the entrance of donkey abattoirs into Ethiopia since anot...



A bustling market emerges under a bridge in the boroughs of the Bole Michael area. Addis Abeba City Administration has launched a series of aesthetic initiatives embalmed in themes of beautification and urbanisation that have removed thousands of shops built with makeshift tents. Above a quarter of Addis Abeba's labour force is engaged in the informal economy, which while often associated with connotations of illegality, remains a sizeable employer in emerging economies across the world. Calibra...