Sidama mother and child project, Ethiopia


In Ethiopia, where diseases such as kala azar are endemic, we continue to fill healthcare gaps, and respond to emergencies and the needs of the growing refugee population.

By 31 October 2020, Ethiopia was hosting more than 796,400 registered refugees and asylum seekers, according to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. Most of them are from South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan. In addition, intercommunal violence has led to an internal displacement crisis, which at times has affected more than one million people.

We provide medical and mental healthcare to refugees, internally displaced people and their host communities, communities affected and displaced by natural disasters such as floods and droughts, as well as to Ethiopians deported from Gulf countries and returned from Lebanon.

Our activities in Ethiopia include treating malnourished children and people with neglected diseases such as kala azar, running mobile clinics for communities in remote locations and donating drugs and medical supplies.

Our activities in 2020 in Ethiopia

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020. 

MSF in Ethiopia in 2020 In Ethiopia, MSF responds to emergencies and fills gaps in healthcare for internally displaced people and refugees. From November 2020, we assisted people affected by fighting in Tigray region.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Ethiopia

In 2020, we provided general and specialist healthcare to South Sudanese refugees in the camps of Gambella region and specialist healthcare in Gambella hospital. In remote areas of Somali region, we offered general healthcare and responded to emergencies such as outbreaks of cholera and measles.

We also treated people for neglected tropical diseases, including kala azar and snakebite envenomation, in Amhara region. In Addis Ababa, we provided medical and mental health support to repatriated or deported Ethiopian migrants and ensured continuity of care for them in their regions of origin.

Our teams also assisted people displaced by floods in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR) and Afar region, and supported internally displaced people and the host community in Benishangui Gumuz region.

In March, we ended our support to Hitsats refugee camp in Tigray region, where we offered mental healthcare to refugees and the host community.

We started supporting health facilities in southern Tigray with training and donations in November, and have been running mobile clinics and supporting some heavily damaged health facilities in other parts of Tigray since mid-December, providing them with oxygen and other vital supplies, and rehabilitating emergency, maternity, paediatric and inpatient services.

On the border of the Amhara region, our teams offered healthcare to thousands of displaced people and supported several health facilities with medical supplies. We also gave nutritional and mass casualty training to Ministry of Health staff. In early November, we provided medical assistance to 278 people wounded in the first clashes in western Tigray.


in 2020
Midwife Story
I see a lot of suffering in the refugee camp, but as a midwife I also see a lot of joy. MSF midwife Christine Tasnier

A name full of hope

Lietchuor permanent camp South Sudanese in Gambella region.

South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia: Emergency situation requires special mobilization

Voices from the Field 11 Jun 2014

Malaria control in emergencies: time for action

Opinion 25 Apr 2014
South Sudan

80,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

Project Update 10 Apr 2014
south Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region

Urgent assistance needed for South Sudanese refugees

Press Release 10 Apr 2014
MSF nurse attends to a severly dehydrated child

MSF races against time to provide assistance to South Sudanese refugees

Project Update 26 Mar 2014
Journal article

Do non-monetary incentives for pregnant women increase antenatal attendance among Ethiopian pastoralists?

21 Mar 2014
Journal article
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

MSF provides medical and humanitarian aid to South Sudanese refugees

Project Update 23 Jan 2014
Refugees get ready to travel to Kakuma
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

MSF provides medical and humanitarian aid to South Sudanese refugees

Project Update 23 Jan 2014
Ethiopia returnees 2013

MSF complements medical provision with psychosocial support for returnees

Project Update 10 Jan 2014