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Ethiopia: Government and partners release revised humanitarian response plan

10 Jun 2020


Credit: Mercy Corps

The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners yesterday released a revised 2020 humanitarian requirement document outlining additional humanitarian priorities since the January release of the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan. 

The revised plan targets 6.5 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance at a cost of US$1.65 billion.

Of the revised requirement, $506 million is for COVID-19 impact response. Of the 16.5 million people targeted for humanitarian response, 9.8 million people are targeted for COVID-19-related interventions.

The Government of Ethiopia has been taking the necessary measures to prevent the further spread of the virus and boost mitigation and preparedness measures. However, there are multi-faceted and simultaneous humanitarian challenges across the country, including food insecurity, desert locusts, floods and protracted displacement. These challenges are further compounded by the pandemic.

Gains made in other health outbreaks also risk relapsing. Cholera cases are being reported. Measles, yellow fever and other diseases should also not be overlooked. Income losses as a result of slowing economic growth and unemployment also threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of food insecure and vulnerable Ethiopians.


“Today, more than ever, the Government and people of Ethiopia need the steadfast support from international partners. The country needs urgent additional financing to not only control the pandemic before it further spreads across the country, but to also mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19 on the already dire humanitarian context,” said Dr. Catherine Sozi, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia.