Water and sanitation coverage levels in Ethiopia are amongst the lowest in the world. Only 34% of its rural population have access to improved water sources, and many communities are plagued by persisting drought, which is one of the main causes of diseases in humans, including diarrhoeal diseases, in Ethiopia's rural areas. Diarrhoeal diseases account for 46% of under-five mortality in Ethiopia, with drought amplifying other contributing issues such as food insecurity, access to affordable healthcare, and lack of hygiene knowledge, creating a fertile environment for the spread of diarrhoea and prolonged child morality.
The programme focuses on reducing child mortality due to diarrhoea in selected districts of Ethiopia’s Gujji zone. Programme centres of advocacy include reducing water-born and hygiene-related diarrhoeal disease among children, increasing access to effective treatment for diarrhoeal diseases among children, and strengthening the project management capacity of Ethiopia’s Red Cross.
The project focuses on children under-five, however, wider community members will also benefit from improved sanitation and access to safe drinking water. In total, 23,110 individuals, both children and adults, are beneficiaries of the programme.
Guji Zone;5.588 39.067
Oromiya region;8.5410261 39.2705461
Disaster prevention and preparedness
Disaster Management Phase
Prevention and mitigation