News & Analysis: Ethiopia

Stung by the pandemic, Ethiopia boosts health budget 46%, PM says

“Ethiopia has raised its health budget by 46% this year after the coronavirus crisis exposed the need for more equipment, facilities and personnel, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.”

via Reuters

COVID-19 in Ethiopia: No care for the caregivers

“COVID-19 has brought an unprecedented strain on Ethiopia’s already frail healthcare system and the workers in it. The federal ministry of health has made some efforts to tackle some of the very common challenges related to the pandemic. However, healthcare professionals still complain of a shortage of PPE among many other things.”

via Addis Standard

Despite COVID-19, food consumption remains steady in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“Under modest movement restrictions, households have stabilized incomes and overall food consumption relative to initial, more pessimistic perceptions.”


Ethiopian worker migrants are stranded in worsening conditions in Saudi Arabia

“A new investigation from Amnesty International reports on the worsening, life-threatening treatment of Ethiopian migrants stranded in Saudi Arabia including prisoners who are chained in pairs, confined at all hours in a crowded detention center, forced to use an open floor as toilets, little medical care, beatings and several deaths.”

via Quartz Africa

Ethiopian Airlines introduces COVID-19 medical insurance

“Sheba Comfort insurance includes costs for repatriation, evacuation, and quarantine for all passengers booked with the airline’s tickets on its international flights from October to March 2021.”

via The East African

Saudi Arabia: Thousands of Ethiopian migrants held in ‘hellish’ conditions – new investigation

“Thousands of Ethiopians expelled by neighbouring Yemen in March left to languish in disease-ridden Saudi cells Reports of dead bodies in cells, with lack of soap and water creating acute COVID risk.”

via Amnesty International

East Africa slowly reopens for business after COVID-19 havoc

“Emboldened by the declining COVID-19 infections, EAC partner states are in the process or have already re-opened their borders, hotels and schools. EAC partner states are expected to lose more than $54 billion of local tourists spending for 2020, on account of protracted closures of seaports and airports.”

via The East African

Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic

“In May, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 190,000 people on the African continent could die if containment measures failed. Yet as the world marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Africa is doing much better than expected, with a lower percentage of deaths than other continents.”

via Reuters

Is the Worst of Africa’s COVID-19 Outbreak Over?

“‘Quite early in in the evolution of the pandemic on the continent, governments quickly implemented restrictions on movement and gatherings; so-called ‘lockdowns’ and this, we think, created a window of opportunity to keep the case numbers low and to strengthen public health capacities,’ says WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.”

via AllAfrica

Behind the numbers: How the media covered COVID-19 in an information lockdown

“Unfamiliarity, limited information, and official obstacles have made reporting on the pandemic an uphill struggle for Ethiopian journalists.”

via Ethiopia Insight