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Ethiopia: Lifesaving Emergency Nutrition and Protection Response for most vulnerable Afar conflict affected people – ETH948

The Afar Region of Ethiopia is facing a difficult humanitarian emergency due to the conflict in Northern Ethiopia. Renewed armed clashes across Zone 2 of Afar region have resulted in thousands of people displaced since mid-December 2021. An estimated 80,000 children under five years old and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) need malnutrition preventative and treatment interventions. However, only 22% of the 414 facilities available in the region are currently functional, including two hospitals and 31 health centres.  

Moreover, women and children are particularly at risk for sexual exploitation and abuse and are exposed to negative coping mechanisms such as child labor, transactional sex, and harmful practices. Women and girls have been victims of rapes and sexual violence when the conflict broke, as they fled.


1) Improved access to nutrition services aimed at preventing, identifying and treating severe and moderate acute malnutrition among under 5 children and pregnant and lactating women

2) Improved prevention and response to SGBV in crisis affected communities

Expected Results

ER1. Rehabilitation of 8,596 children under five and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) affected by moderate or severe acute malnutrition through establishing and/or strengthening therapeutic and supplementary feeding centers in the target project area.

ER2. Provision of SGBV post violence services in crisis affected communities.

Main Activities
  • Screening of children under five and pregnant and lactating women for acute malnutrition.
  • Admission and treatment of 1,282 children (682F, 600M) under the age of five affected by Severe Acute Malnutrition at stabilization centres (SC) and Outpatient Therapeutic Programs (OTPs).
  • Admission and treatment of 4,707 children < 5 (2,500F, 2,207M) and 2,607 PLW affected by Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) at food distribution sites/OTPs. 
  • Procurement of Corn-Soy Blend plus plus (CSB++) and oil to treat MAM cases without disruption.
  • Procurement of necessary equipment and supplies to strengthen existing or establish new therapeutic feeding centres (TFP) (21 OTP and 4 SC) sites.
  • Provide on job and formal training on management of acute malnutrition.
  • Provide child nutrition and hygiene education for 9,596 individuals (8,596F, 1,000M) at food distribution points, OTP, SCs and IDP camps.
  • Rapid Gender Analysis.
  • Distribution of dignity kits for girls and women of a reproductive age.
  • Provide SGBV post violence services such as awareness raising on available SGBV services and provision of clinical management of rape services for 50 post violence rape victims (Women/Girls).
  • Provide training on SGBV/Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse to health staff, project staff and community representatives.



Afar Region, Ethiopia


17,339 (13,488 female, and 3,851 male) individuals


15.08.2021 – 30.09.2023

Total Budget

€ 1,054,000


This project is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

This project contributes to the following sustainable development goals (SDGs):