In Ethiopia we work to provide immediate humanitarian relief and long-term, sustainable development. We've reached more than one million beneficiaries through humanitarian response, and a further 250,000 refugees in Dollo Ado and in western Gambella and Beneshangule.

Save the Children first worked in Ethiopia in the 1930s and we set up our first formal office during the 1984 famine. Our earliest work in Ethiopia focused on humanitarian and emergency relief, and has evolved into a range of longer-term development initiatives for the most vulnerable children.

Where we work

We work in all regional states – Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, SNNPR, Benishangul-Gumuz, Somali, Gambela and Afar – and in two administrative cities of Ethiopia. We are the lead member of the EVERY ONE campaign coalition to achieve MDG 4 – a two-thirds reduction in the number of children who die before their fifth birthday.

Our objectives

We work across the following themes:

  • Humanitarian relief – helping communities through humanitarian relief; improving resilience and ability to cope with future emergencies
  • Health, HIV and AIDS – increasing access to high quality maternal and newborn healthcare; improving the health of children under five; improving sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents; reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – improving access to water and sanitation facilities; improving hygiene practices in schools, health facilities, and rural and drought-affected communities
  • Food security and livelihoods – reducing chronic food insecurity and supporting households; improving access to good-quality nutrition; improving management of natural resources; improving disaster risk management
  • Education – increasing access to good-quality early childhood care and education, including during emergencies; improving education and employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people; influencing national education policy
  • Child protection – strengthening child protection systems and services, including in emergencies and civil society generally; improving community awareness of, and capacity to identify and respond to, child protection-related issues
  • Child rights governance – strengthening child-friendly national systems and structures for monitoring children’s rights; supporting civil society organisations to monitor children’s rights and hold duty-bearers to account; increasing awareness of children’s rights among the private sector and other non-state groups