The update from this week has several missing sections, most notably the nutrition cluster failed to report. Key takeaways are that the food suspension is causing more displacement in Tigray and while the JEOP has completed data collection for new targeting, the WFP is struggling to make progress. The IDPs from Endabaguna have not received any food.
Highlights from the Update:
- A draft accessibility map shows that some areas in the Southern and Northwest Zone are considered accessible now, but the supply routes into Tigray are all suspended except for the Semera to Mekelle corridor.
- Food suspension is contributing to more displacement in Tigray and the 37,000 IDPs in Endabaguna have not yet received any food.
- Areas of the Tigray are still inaccessible including in the Eastern Zone (Erob, Zala Anbesa, Gulo Mekeda), Central Zone (Egela), and the Northwestern Zone (Dima, Tahtay Adiyabo).
- There are still informal taxation (shake downs) happening along the routes into Tigray.
- Reports that a new targeting system is being rolled out. The JEOP appears to have completed data collection in the Central, Eastern, Southeastern, and half of the Southern Zone. WFP is still at phase 1 of 3.
- Mentions a collective effort to “monitor the situation,” verify unconfirmed death reports, and clarify any misinformation.
- Reports increased begging observable in major towns, children are being exposed to exploitation while trying to work for food.
- Notes that malnourished mothers and their babies are at greater risk during childbirth, but it does not provide any information about how this has impacted mothers and babies in Tigray.
- Reports that lack of food assistance is a major factor in low school enrollment and attendance.
- Reports that some farmers are being forced to sell their draught animals and breeding stock for food.
- Reemphasizes that food assistance and agricultural inputs are urgently needed to facilitate returns of displaced people from agricultural areas in time to plant.
- Only 42% of the total cultivated area in Tigray is planted.
- Only 19% of fertilizer and 12% of crop seed needed have been received in Tigray.
- Pest infestations are present in 34 woredas, in most cases there are no chemicals to control.
- Agricultural inputs are critically needed and in short supply.
- School feeding programs have been cut by WFP for summer break, still ongoing in other sites for 7,634 children.
- Report from visit to Adigrat showed that 3 of 4 schools were still being used to house IDPs. Classes are being held alongside IDP living areas in some cases.
- Reports that around 75% of health facilities are reporting now, which is still below the national average, this includes 100% of Southeastern and Mekelle facilities; 99% of Central; 80% of Northwestern; 77% of Eastern; 50% of Southern.
- Reports major outbreaks of Malaria and Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (believed to be COVID 19); possible measles outbreak in Ofla, Hawzen, Adi-Gudom, Asgeda, Adi-Haki, Shire, Hintalo, and Axum town.
- Reports Whooping Cough (Pertussis) outbreak in Endamekoni.
- Reports no Cholera cases. [NB this is alarming due to recent reports of 13,000 cases of cholera and 100 deaths in Tigray]
Summary done by Duke Burbridge