Children of Sister Rosaria
Since the first case of coronavirus reported in Ethiopia on March 13, 2020 the situation is changing rapidly, this pandemic has a strong impact on food systems: directly on food supply and demand and indirectly but equally important through decreased purchasing power and the ability to produce and distribute food.
Currently, because of this pandemic, all students from university to kindergarten are returning home and family members who migrated to the city for work are now returning to their villages for fear of this deadly virus.
Due to this and other supply difficulties, the cost of food and medical supplies has trebled compared to normal prices which exacerbate the problem of chronic food shortages in families, so almost all our community and their families cannot buy food to feed their children and are forced to live in an unhygienic environment that exposes them to this pandemic of viral infection.
The main objective of this emergency response plan is to create access to at least one healthy meal per day for this emergency period and also to create access to medical supplies, which is now the main prevention tool against COVID-19.
The inhabitants of the project area (Gubere kebele), have the socio-economic status, which reflects the situation in the country described above. The key factor within the population of the project area is the high prevalence of malnutrition, anaemia, malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. In recent weeks, we have seen an increase in the incidence of severe malnutrition.
In addition, the rainy season has arrived early this year, which means that malaria cases will increase rapidly and the peak of cases in 2020 could coincide with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In general, 85% of the communities in the project area are low-income and therefore require emergency assistance to combat the critical shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This project aims to help very poor families by providing them with at least a basic food aid.
The total beneficiaries of the project are 1000 families classified as extremely poor rural communities in the Guraghe area around Gubrye.
Ethiopia is the second most populated country in Africa and is home to almost 9% of the African population.
Ethiopia is the largest airport center in East Africa, so measures to respond to the COVID-19 emergency began soon. In January, the government introduced the protocols for passenger screening at Addis Ababa International Airport and further preparations continued in February.
The first report on a COVID-19 case in Ethiopia dates back to 13 March, two days after the declaration of the global pandemic, national measures were intensified shortly afterwards, and a state of emergency was declared on 8 April.
Ethiopia has adopted a precautionary approach in line with pandemic pandemic preparedness and response guidance; the Federal Ministry of Health has worked in collaboration with the relevant ministries to form a rapid response team, implementing preventive strategies to minimize virus transmission.
Instead of a national blockade, the government has put in place several essential measures: mandatory quarantine periods for all travelers, restrictions on public gatherings, school closures, mandatory masks in public places and fewer passengers on public transport, as well as regular information through the media and reminders when calls were made.
Daily briefings on COVID-19 are provided by the Ministry of Health. In addition to these key preparation and planning measures, due attention should be paid and strategically focused on saving the lives of those extremely poor and most vulnerable sections of the population.