The last year has been difficult for many, as the Coronavirus has swept across the whole world. Ethiopia has been no exception!
In Ethiopia, there is a lack of awareness among much of the rural population about prevention and a shortage of suitable PPE in many clinics and hospitals. Many people are also struggling to earn an income because of the pandemic, making it difficult to feed their families.
CPA has a long involvement with the people and communities in the Rasa Goba area of Ethiopia. 20 years ago, we linked up with Tear Fund and helped to provide a large water reservoir providing clean water to the local area. A few years ago, we responded to a famine to children in local schools in the area and provided emergency food supplies. We now want to take action to stand with the same community in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Rasa Goba area has seven villages and a total population in excess of 10,000 people. There are three clinics and one hospital in the area, which do not have proper equipment or PPE at the moment. Our partner Beletew, has been working with the regional government and health authorities to decide how best we can respond to this situation.