As COVID-19 slows manufacturing demand, a US$6.5 million fund launched to help protect textile industry jobs in Ethiopia

“A landmark fund set up between the UK and Germany in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia could save thousands of jobs in Ethiopia’s textile and garments industry, while helping to support the country’s economic recovery from COVID-19.”

via Addis Standard

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.”

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COVID-19 state of emergency inquiry board recommends releasing prisoners who qualify for pardon, probation to reduce virus spread (Ethiopia)

“The recommendation comes amidst growing fears of the spread COVID-19 in congested holding centers, many of which are schools, town halls and warehouses converted into detention facilities. According to the statement the Inquiry Board sent to ENA, members of the board discussed the potential threats to the state at the end of the state of emergency and recommended releasing detainees.”

via Addis Standard

Analysis: Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The right lessons from the current pandemic are the ones that are systemic and non-specific. These lessons should be the ones that are going to make our future response more agile and our systems more robust and resilient.”

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Complacency and Behavioral change in the era of the Coronavirus

“With regard to Ethiopia, the long wait is over. The argument whether it is a long wait or an escape has been settled. Now the big questions are: How bad? How long? And what can be done? Despite the time afforded us by the long wait, it is obvious that we are far from the required level of public readiness.”

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‘Can Anyone Hear Us?’ Access to Mental Healthcare in Ethiopia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

“As the world faces unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, within the first few weeks, the failures to integrate mental health into the pandemic response became glaringly evident.”

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Feature Analysis: Ethiopians Brace for COVID-19 Economic Hardships, Security Crack Down & Political Uncertainty

“A little over three weeks into Ethiopia’s third state of emergency in as many years, albeit this time for a different reason, Ethiopians are struggling to cope with layoffs, a loss of income and the host of regulations put in place to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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IOM Assisting Ethiopia as Country Grapples with More Than 9,400 Returnee Migrants in Quarantine Facilities

“Ethiopia continues to receive thousands of migrants returned from countries across the region and the Middle East, in response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), is assisting more than 9,400 migrants in the country’s quarantine facilities.”

via Addis Standard

Analysis of the Legal Status of Ethiopia’s COVID-19 Measures

“Indications are emerging that Ethiopia is heading for a full lockdown… While the Federal Government has been adopting measures in respect to COVID-19 in piecemeal fashion since 16 March, there has been little clarity around the legal basis on which the measures are founded. Similarly, questions abound on the legal status of the measures themselves.”

via Addis Standard