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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

13 Apr 2021

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Refugees fleeing violence in Tigray, Ethiopia. © OCHA/Gabriela Vivacqua

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 13 April 2021

Ethiopia

There is an update on the nutrition situation in Tigray, where the overall humanitarian situation remains dire.

Multiple displacement sites have reportedly not received food and other assistance since the conflict started five months ago.

While nutrition data remain inadequate, available data indicate alarming malnutrition rates.

Out of more than 69,000 children in Tigray screened for malnutrition, over 1,900 cases of severe acute malnutrition and over 17,700 cases of moderate malnutrition have been identified.

In addition, more than half of the 605 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers screened in 10 districts in early March had moderate acute malnutrition, raising the risk of increased stillbirths, miscarriages, and maternal and neonatal mortality.

The UN, along with its humanitarian partners, continues to provide nutrition services at static health facilities and through mobile health and nutrition teams.

This includes supplementary feeding programmes for hundreds of children and breastfeeding mothers, transportation of nutrition supplies, distribution of high-energy biscuits and ready-to-use therapeutic foods and milks, nutrition status monitoring, and facilitating the training of health workers in managing severe acute malnutrition.

The World Food Programme is targeting nearly 867,000 children and about 415,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in 78 districts in Tigray through its feeding programmes. Since February, more than 95,000 children and women in 15 districts have been reached.

More funding is urgently needed to help all affected people.