Vulnerable people in Ethiopia often cannot access healthcare and the services they need to live a life of dignity.
Most people who are diagnosed with a terminal illness cannot afford nor have access to treatment or end of life care. Many malnourished children develop noma and if they survive are left with a life changing disfigurement. With no welfare system in place, the elderly are often left to beg on the streets, which becomes more difficult if they have to care for orphaned grandchildren.
Ethiopiaid is partnering with three organisations in Ethiopia to help provide healthcare, support and dignity to the vulnerable.
Our partners are:
In a country with only one radiation therapy machine, Ephrem is dedicated to improving end of life care for those living in poverty.
In a remote Ethiopian village, lives a little girl named America. At just three years old, America developed the devastating disease noma.
After tragedy caused Woltemariam to take care of her grandchildren, she was forced to beg on the streets to survive. This all changed when she found SCWOP.
Hospice Ethiopia is the only organisation in Ethiopia providing community based palliative care for destitute people who are terminally ill. Their project provides in-home care, including pain management and counselling for patients, and grief support and financial assistance for family members. Currently operating in Addis Ababa, the organisation also works to create greater awareness about the existence and benefits of palliative care – something not widely known about – by training health professionals in pain assessment and control, encouraging referrals to hospice care from general health clinics, and undertaking and sharing research in palliative care across Ethiopia.
Facing Africa works to tackle the ravaging disease of noma in Ethiopia. Their main objective is to fund facial reconstructive surgeries for noma survivors by sending skilled teams of volunteer surgeons to Ethiopia twice a year. Each team is made up of specialist surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses, who undertake upwards of 35 facial reconstructions during each two-week mission. Beneficiaries also include victims of animal attacks, burns and facial tumours.
For nearly 30 years, SCWOP has been working to improve the lives of destitute elders and orphaned grandchildren. Based in Addis Ababa, SCWOP provides a basic monthly pension to help cover essentials such as food, clothes and medical bills for themselves and, if they are responsible for them, for their grandchildren.
In 2019, Ethiopiaid’s donors and local partners helped making lasting change to many vulnerable Ethiopians.
destitute elders and 100 orphaned vulnerable children received welfare payments every month
grandmothers participated in income generation training
palliative care patients received free medical supplies such as colostomy bags, incontinence pads, wound care, soap and sanitiser
destitute elders received eye health care including cataract removal, medicines and glasses
health workers, community leaders and volunteers received palliative care training
patients and their carers supported after complex surgery for noma, facial tumours, burns and animal bites
Adolescent girls are often subjected to harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation, gender-based violence and child marriage.
Around 60,000 children live on the streets of Addis Ababa. More than half have no access to shelter, adequate food, or an education.
People living with disabilities are routinely denied their most basic human rights, and are cut off from education, employment and healthcare. In Ethiopia, many live in extreme poverty.