A nurse takes the blood pressure of a Somali mother at a refugee camp health clinic in Ethiopia. Richard Wainwright/Act for Peace
Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, with the latest UNHCR recorded figure showing close to 792,000. Large numbers of refugees continue to arrive daily, and resources in the refugee camps are severely overstretched. You’re helping to ensure critically ill or injured refugees can access emergency healthcare services, as well as providing ongoing support for vulnerable refugees through counselling and vocational training.
How you’re helping
Through our partner on the ground, The Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission (EOC-DICAC), your support is providing emergency medical assistance to critically ill or injured refugees. This includes financial support for medical expenses, emergency transport to Addis Ababa, temporary accommodation, supplementary food and access to specialised medical treatment for serious cases.
EOC-DICAC also provides ongoing psychosocial support for female and male refugee survivors of gender-based violence to help them heal from the trauma they have faced, and supports survivors to undergo HIV/AIDS testing and to get treatment if needed.
With your help, vulnerable refugees have access to vocational training, helping to build their confidence, develop livelihood skills and ultimately improve their potential income. Through courses such as computer and hair-dressing training, refugees have the opportunity to learn new skills, build their self-esteem and strengthen their financial independence.