Provide medical care for displaced Ethiopians

The Ethiopia Crisis

In early November 2020, conflict between regional and federal forces broke out in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. What has followed is a humanitarian crisis causing massive suffering.

More than two million people have been forced from their homes. Estimates indicate that 4.5 million people need assistance in the region. Food, water, medical care, and other basic supplies are scarce. Health facilities are being looted and destroyed and only 30 percent of facilities are functioning.

Most of the people affected by this conflict are trapped in the Tigray region. The region is difficult to access, and aid has been slow to arrive. The scale of the crisis is outpacing the ability of humanitarian agencies to respond. People are in search of the basic resources needed to survive.

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A family sits under a makeshift tent and tree, Ethiopian refugees in transit. Photo by Joost Bastmeijer.
Photo by Joost Bastmeijer

The consequences of civil unrest in Ethiopia are dire all around, and some believe there is more conflict to come. Families fleeing the conflict are arriving as refugees in the neighboring country of Sudan. Responding quickly in the wake of these events is critical to the support and care of Ethiopians, as many have acute medical needs. That’s why Medical Teams is mounting its response to the current crisis in Ethiopia.

A mother and daughter walk along a dirt path, Ethiopian refugees in Sudan, photo by Joost Bastmeijer
Photo by Joost Bastmeijer

What We’re Doing

Medical Teams International is mobilizing to care for displaced Ethiopians in the Tigray region. One of the first actions we took was shipping critical medical supplies into Tigray – supplies like syringes, gowns and surgical packs. After that, we sent an assessment team to Ethiopia to identify specific needs in health and nutrition, and now the team is working to establish a longer-term response, focused on health systems strengthening in the region.

Thanks to our partners and donors, we are helping provide the means for essential medical care in Ethiopia. We’re thankful our donors are supporting our efforts to continue meeting this critical need.

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