This revised Emergency Appeal seeks some 2,595,467 Swiss francs (decreased from 2.7m Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) to reach 45,350 drought-affected people. The operational timeframe is being increased by 6 months, ending in June 2017. The revised operation narrows the geographic area with a focus on supporting supplementary food, water, sanitation, and hygiene, community health, and reinforcing family livelihoods and coping mechanisms. With funding support of 1,945,000 Swiss francs received, the funding gap against the revised Appeal budget is 650,467 Swiss francs.
The Red Cross and Red Crescent response to date
September, October, and November 2015: consecutive failed seasonal rains combined with erratic weather conditions attributed to El Niño resulted in severe food insecurity, especially in Ethiopia’s North and North East. An IFRC Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) is deployed to support the ERCS to define the needs and develop an appropriate response plan.
December 2015: Emergency Appeal launched for 2.2m Swiss francs to support 35,371 people; 181,521 Swiss francs allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) as start-up funding support for the response.
June 2016: Revised Emergency Appeal issued f or 2.7m Swiss francs to assist 65,371 people.
December 2016 to January 2017: Based on the findings of a mid-operation review, revised Emergency Appeal issued for 2,595,467 Swiss Francs for 45,350 people, reflecting a focus a revised supplementary food programme, improving the livelihoods of the affected community in Bidu woreda in the form of re-live stocking, and improving the health, hygiene, and sanitation of the community.