United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) thanked donors for their generous contributions to El Niño driven drought in Ethiopia, and the Government for its strong leadership, which together have enabled a concerted response to the current disease particularly in treating children with severe malnutrition.
The El Nino cycle is associated with increased risks of some of the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, such as malaria, dengue and Rift Valley fever. Malaria transmission is particularly sensitive to weather conditions.
With the support from donors, UNICEF has procured 543,631 cartons of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), which represents 22 per cent of the global order for 2015 and is one of the largest single purchases in UNICEF’s history. The donors include the Governments of Canada, Germany, Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States and partners including ECHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In 2015, UNICEF procured a further 73,344 cartons of RUTF out of a global procurement estimated at 565,623 cartons, which corresponds to 13 per cent of the global supply. In addition to RUTF, other supplies including therapeutic milk, routine drugs, hygiene and sanitation commodities have been procured as part of the drought response.