Press Release – Ethiopia emergency: 9 million euros approved by the Italian Cooperation.

Addis Ababa, 22 September 2022- Ethiopia emergency: 9 million euros approved by the Italian Cooperation.

Four initiatives has been approved on September 15 by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Italian Cooperation, Marina Sereni, for a total of 9 million euros, to respond to Ethiopia’s most urgent needs.

To respond to the problem of drought, which has caused acute food insecurity for 50 million people in the Horn of Africa, the Italian Cooperation will give 3 million to the civil society organisations to implement initiatives in the sectors of water and sanitation, agriculture and food security, protection, health and nutrition, in the southern regions of the country.

Another 2 million euros will support the interventions of the World Food Program (WFP), to promote an effective response to the nutritional rehabilitation and to prevent infant mortality. The program will be implemented in the Tigray, Amhara and Afar regions, classified as the most fragile in terms of needs. The crisis in the Tigray region, in particular, has increased the vulnerability of the population, especially displaced people. The continuous fighting, insecurity, the collapse of social services, have created a high-risk environment and a forced movement of the population in which, in addition to malnutrition, gender-based violence is a widespread daily reality. To prevent this violence, to reduce inequalities and to combat sexual exploitation and abuse, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will act in favour of the protection of nearly 50,000 women and girls, especially internally displaced persons and returnees in the north of Ethiopia, through a contribution of 2 million euros.

Finally, Ethiopia will benefit from another 2 million euros, for the regions of Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz, to counter the protracted crisis that South Sudan is experiencing and to support people forced to flee the conflict .

These new loans in the emergency sector reaffirm the commitment of our development cooperation in the most vulnerable areas of the country and in favour of people most in need.

The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia and in the wider Horn of Africa Region were also the subject of a high-level side-event, organised by Italy and OCHA together with other international partners and co-chaired by the Deputy Minister of Affairs. Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Marina Sereni, yesterday 21 September on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Photo: © Annalisa Vandelli/AICS Addis Abeba

 

Contact:

Chiara Ciampa, Communication Officer AICS Addis Abeba, chiara.ciampa@aics.gov.it, +251 944224511

 

 

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