Scabies response in drought-affected areas
Kibrom, 14, applies scabies medication on his hands in Adigudom Primary Hospital in Hintalo Wejirat Woreda (district). He was infected by a visiting relative.
Drought-affected regions in Ethiopia have seen new outbreaks of the skin disease, partly due to the lack of water available for communities to practice good hygiene. UNICEF has provided soap and medication to treat scabies and as of mid-April 2015, over 700,000 scabies cases and their contacts were treated nationwide.
UNICEF provides financial support, supplies (vaccines and medicines) and technical assistance to partners (including supporting training for health workers) to address the increased risk of various disease outbreaks related to the drought. As the WASH cluster lead, UNICEF is supporting the Government of Ethiopia and other partners in the rehabilitation, maintenance and construction of new water supply systems, provision of water purification and treatment chemicals, scaling up of water trucking activities, and provision of sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools. UNICEF is also exploring innovative ways to use satellites to detect deep groundwater for large scale, multiple-village water supply systems.
© UNICEF Ethiopia/2016/Balasundaram