In 2016 Norway supported Save the Children's programme for school meals in drought affected areas. 
Photo: Save The Children.In 2016 Norway supported Save the Children's programme for school meals in drought affected areas. Photo: Save The Children

5.6 Million will be in Need of Humanitarian Assistance in 2017

Today, on January 17th 2017, the Government of Ethiopia together with humanitarian partners such as the UN, NGOs and donors, officially launched the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2017. The HRD is a comprehensive document describing the humanitarian needs of affected populations, taking into account different sectors ranging from agriculture to water and sanitation, to education.

According to the newly presented HRD, 5.6 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017. This includes, inter alia, 5.6 million people in need of food assistance, 4.37 million people in need of emergency health assistance, and 1.9 million people in need of livestock support. To cover these comprehensive needs, USD 922 million are needed. Upon presenting the report, Commissioner Mikiku Kassa, Head of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), announced that the Government of Ethiopia already has committed USD 47.35 million as a first instalment for the 2017 HRD.

Compared to the humanitarian requirements in 2016, the newly launched report presents a decline in the estimate of people in need, from 10.2 million people in 2016, to 5.6 million people in 2017. Last year’s EL Niño induced drought was the most severe drought to affect Ethiopia in decades. However, due to successful mobilisation of funds from the Government of Ethiopia and international donors and partners alike, totalling USD 1.720 billion, the worst potential impact was avoided. Norway is proud to have taken part in this effort to provide assistance and save lives.

While El Niño –affected populations are still suffering from the long term effects and recovery needs of last year’s drought, another 5.6 million people are in need of assistance due to below average rains in the eastern and southern parts of the country. “Last year, the Government of Ethiopia, with the support of international donors and humanitarian partners, was able to mount the biggest drought response operation in global history. Today we need that partnership once again as we face a new drought Commissioner Mitiku concluded.

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