According to the Human Rights Measurement Initiative, Ethiopia is currently achieving only 83.3% of what is possible regarding the right to health, based on its current level of income. The situation looks much worse in Tigray, of the more than 260 health centres in the region before the conflict, less than 40 were still functional as of March 2020.
Due to recent conflict and complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 16 million people were estimated to be severely food insecure between May- June 2021. 21.1% of children under the age of 5 in Ethiopia are underweight (2019), the 17th highest rate in the world, leaving them vulnerable to infectious diseases and affects growth and development.
Tuberculosis (TB), neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and non-communicable diseases continue to be a significant health challenge. Ethiopia is one of the 22 highest burdened countries for TB which remains of one the leading causes of mortality. And the nation continues to bear a significant burden of Africa’s NTDs