Ethiopia: ICRC steps up vital medical support to respond to increasing armed violence in several parts of the country


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Hospitals are receiving and treating an increasing number of wounded, following armed clashes in different parts of the country. While coping with the influx of wounded, a number of them reached out to ICRC for support.

“Many communities have been significantly affected by the ongoing violence, especially in places where it is difficult to receive emergency medical care,” said Nicolas Von Arx, head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Cross. Red (ICRC) in Ethiopia. “We call on all those involved in the fighting to spare civilians and to protect medical facilities and personnel. “

To respond to an increase in violence in different regions, the ICRC, in cooperation with the Ethiopian Red Cross, stepped up support to hospitals, providing essential supplies and equipment and repairing basic infrastructure. In Amhara, for example, it delivered supplies to general hospitals in Sekota and Lalibela, as well as to the teaching hospital in Gondar, where victims of recent armed clashes are receiving treatment. the ICRC has also provided emergency medical supplies in Tigray, where health facilities are hit hard by severe shortages of medicine, fuel and electricity, while treating the injured.

Supporting ambulance services provided by the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, a vital lifeline in areas affected by violence, has been a top priority.

In July 2021, the ICRC delivered drugs, medical supplies and hospital equipment sufficient to treat more than 1,100 seriously injured, 3,300 moderately injured and 24,000 patients with other health problems.

In July 2021:

  • In the Amhara region, the ICRC delivered supplies to Gondar University Hospital, Sekota and Lalibela General Hospitals as well as Aykel Primary Hospital, and started supporting Desie University Hospital, Woldia, Debark, Dangila General Hospitals and Hospitals primary Mersa, Adet and Merawi.
  • In the Afar region, medical supplies and equipment are currently being provided to Dupti General Hospital in Semera.
  • Medical facilities supported in Humera and Adi Remetse and Dansha.
  • In the Tigray region, the ICRC supports the hospitals of Mekelle, Wukro, Adigrat, Shire, Mehoni and Shiraro. It is also providing assistance to 18 primary health care centers to treat displaced people and host communities, including rehabilitation of infrastructure. In addition, it supports six assistance centers for victims of sexual violence.
  • In the Somali region, Bike Primary Hospital received emergency supplies and equipment.
  • In the Wollega areas, the ICRC supports the University Hospital of Nekempte, the Gimbi, Gida Ayana and Dembi Dollo hospitals, as well as the primary health care centers of Guliso and Inango with medical supplies and the rehabilitation of the water supply infrastructure of the primary hospital by Hawa Galan.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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