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Coronavirus – Ethiopia: The United States Provides Ventilators to Ethiopia to Respond to COVID-19

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: The United States Provides Ventilators to Ethiopia to Respond to COVID-19

HEALTH
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 6, 2020/ -- The U.S. government has donated a shipment of 250 state-of-the-art ventilators and other critical care equipment to assist Ethiopia with its response to COVID-19. The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer to Prime Minister Abiy of these critically needed supplies, in support of Ethiopia’s urgent and comprehensive response to the pandemic.  “Today, the United States reinforces its unwavering commitment to the Ethiopian people. This donation is a critical addition to the billions of dollars in resources and expertise that the American people have invested in Ethiopia’s health system in recent years. I am honored to join Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse to hand over this new equipment and to continue our work together, mitigating the impac...
Egypt withdraws from latest Nile dam talks

Egypt withdraws from latest Nile dam talks

AFRICA
Egypt has withdrawn from the renewed talks on the future of a giant hydropower project on the Nile River being built by Ethiopia. The latest standoff is over new filling guidelines proposed by Ethiopia. Sudan has also threatened to withdraw from the talks, saying Ethiopia is insisting on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile. Sudan’s Water and Irrigation Minister, Yasser Abbas, said he received a letter from his Ethiopian counterpart with the proposal. The Sudanese minister said Ethiopia proposed “the deal under discussion be limited to filling up the dam and any deal concerning its management be linked to the question of sharing Blue Nile waters”, AFP news agency reports. Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan through which the Blue Nile flows hav...
Demonstrate commitment to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment with actions; meeting with Civil Society Organisations emphasises

Demonstrate commitment to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment with actions; meeting with Civil Society Organisations emphasises

AFRICA
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The speedy implementation of commitments to Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) has yet again been emphasized in a Declaration and Call for Action between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The Declaration and call for action is an outcome statement of the AUC, Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) meeting with CSOs, to deliberate on scaling up actions to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender-specific concerns. The latest round of engagement with the CSOs was virtual convened on 14th July 2020 with the support of the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Network, gathering rich perspectives and contributions from the academia, the media, youth, traditional leaders, faith-based or...
BUSINESS: CANAL+ to launch first premium DTH platform over Ethiopia, broadcast from EUTELSAT 7C

BUSINESS: CANAL+ to launch first premium DTH platform over Ethiopia, broadcast from EUTELSAT 7C

Ethiopia, TECHNOLOGY
PARIS, France, July 28, 2020/ -- Long-term, multi-transponder contract leveraging capacity on EUTELSAT 7C’s dedicated Ethiopian spot beam; showcasing the dynamism of the Ethiopian broadcast landscapeEutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) (www.Eutelsat.com) and CANAL+ have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for Ku capacity on EUTELSAT 7C to support the launch by CANAL+ of a premium DTH platform in Ethiopia at the beginning of 2021.Leveraging Eutelsat 7C’s incremental capacity dedicated to Ethiopia, CANAL+ will launch a comprehensive broadcast offer encompassing a DTH pay-TV offer of some 50 premium channels in a mix of standard and high definition, enriched by the addition of a selection of Ethiopian Free-to-air content.EUTELSAT 7C is a high-power broadcast satellite wh...
Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Humanitarian Access Situation Report

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Humanitarian Access Situation Report

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 26, 2020/ --This report is produced by OCHA Ethiopia in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period April to June 2020. The next report will be issued in September 2020. Download Report:https://bit.ly/2ZVuMjE Highlights • The operational environment to relief operations remained permissive through the reporting period. • Insecurity and violence continues to be the main impediment to relief operations in Ethiopia, affecting in particular west and southern Oromia. • Long-standing conflicts over land tenure and access to resources continue. The conflict in the Afar -Somali regional border, has left thousands stranded, out-ofreach to humanitarian partners. • The aid community in Ethiopia joined the global call made by the UN Secre...
AFRICA: Why Egypt And Ethiopia Can’t Reach a Dam Deal

AFRICA: Why Egypt And Ethiopia Can’t Reach a Dam Deal

AFRICA, EGYPT, Ethiopia, TECHNOLOGY
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Ethiopia has announced that its latest talks with Egypt over a giant dam on the Blue Nile have achieved a mutual understanding, paving the way for a “breakthrough agreement.” Given the history of claims and counterclaims attending the negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, this should be taken with skepticism. There have been several occasions in this decade-old dispute when, after a bout of heated discussion, both sides have put out contradictory statements on what was agreed.  The Egyptian characterization of the latest round, mediated by the African Union, is more muted than Ethiopia’s. Cairo says the parties have agreed to continuing talks with the goal of establishing a binding mechanism governing the filling and usage of the dam—a longs...
Egypt and Ethiopia generate heat but no power on the Nile dam, reports show

Egypt and Ethiopia generate heat but no power on the Nile dam, reports show

AFRICA
The polite diplomatic façade was maintained but the words of the Egyptian and Ethiopian representatives revealed a belligerence that was hard to disguise. The recent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Ethiopia's huge hydro-electric plant, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd), straddling the Blue Nile, was held by teleconference. The social distance that the participants observed underscored the diplomatic gulf. It is a gulf that threatens to sweep up the populations of the two countries into a nationalist fervour and mutual distrust. The Gerd, which sits on the Nile's main tributary, is upstream of Egypt and has the potential to control the flow of water that the country almost entirely relies on. It also will be, when fully operational, the largest hydro-e...
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission appeals for calm in Ethiopia

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission appeals for calm in Ethiopia

AFRICA
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 8, 2020/ -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat is monitoring the recent developments in Ethiopia closely, following the killing of the Ethiopian Artist and musician Haacaalu Hundeessaa. The violence has claimed many lives so far with scores of people injured. The Chairperson wishes to extend his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wishes the injured a speedy recovery. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat While the country mourns the loss of Hachalu Hundesa, the Chairperson appeals for calm, restraint by all sides and calls on all Ethiopians to refrain from acts that could further escalate the current situation. The Chairperson calls on the Government of Ethiopia...
Ethiopia: African Development Fund approves $165 million grant for national COVID-19 emergency response

Ethiopia: African Development Fund approves $165 million grant for national COVID-19 emergency response

AFRICA, Business, Ethiopia
The grant, awarded from the country’s ADF-15 Performance-Based Allocation, will help bolster Ethiopia’s COVID-19 National Emergency Response Plan (NERP)ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 3, 2020/ -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on 3 July approved a grant of $165.08 million to support Ethiopia’s response to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including helping to ease fiscal pressures on the economy.The grant, awarded from the country’s ADF-15 Performance-Based Allocation, will help bolster Ethiopia’s COVID-19 National Emergency Response Plan (NERP). The NERP outlines a reliable, multi-sector approach to tackling the pandemic. It aims to expand social protection coverage for the most vulnerable, enhance capacity to contain the virus outbre...
Ethiopia: African Development Fund approves $165 million grant for national COVID-19 emergency response

Ethiopia: African Development Fund approves $165 million grant for national COVID-19 emergency response

CORONAVIRUS
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 4, 2020 -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on 3 July approved a grant of $165.08 million to support Ethiopia’s response to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including helping to ease fiscal pressures on the economy. The grant, awarded from the country’s ADF-15 Performance-Based Allocation, will help bolster Ethiopia’s COVID-19 National Emergency Response Plan (NERP). The NERP outlines a reliable, multi-sector approach to tackling the pandemic. It aims to expand social protection coverage for the most vulnerable, enhance capacity to contain the virus outbreak, and address macro-fiscal imbalances as well as cushioning the effects of the crisis on the private sector. “This Bank’s support will especiall...
Haacaaluu protests: 81 people confirmed people

Haacaaluu protests: 81 people confirmed people

AFRICA
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia --- Troops were deployed in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, ahead of the funeral of the popular musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, who was shot dead in a targeted killing earlier this week. The 34 year-old singer—a prominent figure of the Oromo ethnic group—was shot dead while driving to Addis Ababa on June 29. The motive for his death remains unknown. Popular musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, who was shot dead in a targeted killing earlier this week. His death sparked protests that have spread from Addis Ababa to the surrounding Oromiya region and claimed more than 80 lives. The singer's killing tapped into grievances fuelled by decades of government repression and what the Oromo, Ethiopia's biggest ethnic group, describe as their historic exclusion from polit...
THE UK: Haile Selassie Statue former Ethiopian leader destroyed in London park.

THE UK: Haile Selassie Statue former Ethiopian leader destroyed in London park.

Ethiopia, EUROPE, UNITED KINGDOM
A statue of former Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie has been destroyed in a park in Wimbledon, south-west London. Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Cannizaro Park on Tuesday evening. The damage to the bust was carried out by a group of around 100 people, according to an eyewitness. It appears to be linked to unrest in Ethiopia sparked after a popular singer, Hachalu Hundessa, was shot dead earlier this week. Demonstrations following his death saw a statue of royal prince Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael, the father of Selassie, Ethiopia's last emperor, torn down in the eastern city of Harar. Hachalu's songs focused on the rights of Ethiopia's Oromo ethnic group and he had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership ...
ETHIOPIA: ‘Eighty-one killed’ in protests over Ethiopian singer’s death

ETHIOPIA: ‘Eighty-one killed’ in protests over Ethiopian singer’s death

AFRICA, Ethiopia
At least 81 people have been killed in Ethiopia after the death of a popular singer sparked huge protests in the Oromia region, a police chief said. Thousands of fans had gathered to mourn Hachalu Hundessa, who was shot dead on Monday night while driving. Police say 35 people, including prominent politician Jawar Mohammed, have been arrested. The motive for Hachalu’s killing remains unclear. But police say they have arrested two people in connection with the killing. Hachalu, 34, recently said that he had received death threats. He will be buried on Thursday. His songs focused on the rights of the country’s Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister in 2018. “So far 81 people have been killed, in...
“One” WASH program improves well-being of vulnerable communities in Ethiopia

“One” WASH program improves well-being of vulnerable communities in Ethiopia

HEALTH
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 2, 2020/ -- Ethiopia’s ‘One’ model, under which the government runs its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) National Program, (https://bit.ly/2Bif7lh) has steadily improved the well-being of the country’s rural and urban communities, top local officials say. “The ‘One’ here means we have one account, one budget and one report in one consolidated WASH Account,” says Tadesse Masresha, Coordinator for the Regional WASH Coordination Office in Oromia Region. The scheme combines the construction of infrastructure to extend access to water and sanitation to new areas and the revamping of disused equipment such as pumping stations and pipelines. The program also provides technical training to maintenance personnel and users to ensure the sustainability of the inf...
AFRICA: Ethiopia arrests Oromo activist Jawar Mohammed, OMN shut down

AFRICA: Ethiopia arrests Oromo activist Jawar Mohammed, OMN shut down

AFRICA, Ethiopia
The arrest of prominent Ethiopian pro-democracy activist Jawar Mohammed has been confirmed by multiple sources from the country. His media outfit, Oromia Media Network, OMN, has also been shut down by authorities. The arrest comes in the wake of mass protests against the shooting and killing on Monday night of a famed Oromo musician and activist in Addis Ababa. Hachalu Hundessa, was celebrated as a symbol for the Oromo people – Ethiopia’s most populous ethnic group. His songs spoke out about their political and economic marginalisation and became a rallying point for activists in their fight against Ethiopian regimes. The musician had also been imprisoned for five years when he was 17 for taking part in protests, an analysis on the BBC Africa LIVE page added. Jawar was reporte...
Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Japan gives UNICEF over USD 4 million for its COVID-19 response in Ethiopia

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Japan gives UNICEF over USD 4 million for its COVID-19 response in Ethiopia

INTERNATIONAL
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 29, 2020/ -- The Government of Japan has provided a new grant aid to Ethiopia, which is worth over USD 4 million, through its partnership with UNICEF Ethiopia as part of its emergency assistance for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.The assistance will be implemented through UNICEF to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Ethiopia by providing critical supplies for infection prevention, supplying life-saving water and sanitation services, promoting hygiene, enhancing health workers’ capacity, and raising public awareness of COVID-19. “This contribution from Japan has come at a time when we are seeking resources to scale up our support to the Government in its efforts to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in Ethiopia on children and vulnerable families,” sa...
Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 Response Overview

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 Response Overview

CORONAVIRUS
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 29, 2020/ -- 1. Partnerships and Coordination As the designated lead agency for supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in the management of migrant returnees, IOM continued to support GoE in coordinating support for quarantine facilities in Addis Ababa and the regions (54 in total).Over 13,400 returnee migrants have completed their 14-day mandatory quarantine in the 54 quarantine facilities across Ethiopia and went home. Over 4,700 are currently under quarantine.Participating in multisectoral COVID-19 assessments of quarantine facilities and Points of Entry (PoEs) in Assosa, Dewele, Dire Dawa, Jijiga, Gambella, Moyale, Togowachale, and Semera.Sending shelter experts to Dewele PoE to assess temporary shelter needs for registration, COVID screening, and to ...
Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 Response Overview

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 Response Overview

CORONAVIRUS
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 28, 2020/ -- 1. Partnerships and CoordinationAs the designated lead agency for supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in the management of migrant returnees, IOM continued to support GoE in coordinating support for quarantine facilities in Addis Ababa and the regions (54 in total).Download Report: https://bit.ly/2NN4V6Z2. Disease Surveillance• Between 1 April and 26 June, Ethiopia received over 18,650 returnees: 4,774 from Sudan, 3,981 from Djibouti, 3,936 from Somalia, 3,162 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), 1024 from Kuwait, 650 from Lebanon and 687 from Kenya.• Completed construction of 2 screening points at the entry and exit of Bule Hora town: temperature and symptoms screening.• Five IOM health staff trained for COVID-19 sample collection at Ethi...
SATO introduces innovative handwashing solution, SATO Tap, for families in Ethiopia and other developing nations to enhance hygiene practices

SATO introduces innovative handwashing solution, SATO Tap, for families in Ethiopia and other developing nations to enhance hygiene practices

AFRICA
TOKYO, Japan, June 24, 2020/ -- SATO (www.SATO.lixil.com), LIXIL Group Corporation’s social business that aims to solve water, sanitation, and hygiene problems by providing affordable and easy-to-install sanitation systems to local communities around the world, has today introduced its new handwashing solution called the ‘SATO Tap’. Download document: https://bit.ly/2YnZ6Tw According to UNICEF, 40% of the world’s population still do not have access to basic handwashing facilities at home. In Ethiopia, a mere 6.3% of households have access to improved sanitation. To address this immense challenge, LIXIL has committed USD 1 million in line with its promise to support the commitments of development partners and others which could impact 5 million people with improved handwashing. ...
Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update

CORONAVIRUS
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 23, 2020/ -- The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 3238; of these one-hundred-thirty-one (131) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are 4663. Among the confirmed cases, 94 of them are male and 37 are female and their age ranges from 2 to 80 years old. One-hundred-thirty (130) of the confirmed cases are Ethiopians and one is a foreign national. Among the cases, 98 of them are identified from Addis Ababa, 16 from Oromia region, 4 from Somali region, 3 from Afar region, 3 from Dire Dawa city administration, 3 from SNNP region, 2 from Gambella region, I from Amhara region and 1 from Tigray region.Among the total laboratory tests conducted, 26 (10 from health facility and 16 from community) of them ...