An MSF medical staff conducting a check up on a child in Sidama. Ethiopia, September 2014.


In Ethiopia, Doctors Without Borders (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.

In 2020, we provided general and specialist healthcare to South Sudanese refugees in the camps of the Gambella region and specialist healthcare in Gambella hospital. In remote areas of the 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 the Benishangui Gumuz region.

In March, we ended our support to Hitsats refugee camp in the 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 the Ministry of Health staff. In early November, we provided medical assistance to 278 people wounded in the first clashes in western Tigray.

No. staff in 2020: 890 (FTE) » Expenditure in 2020: €15.5 million MSF first worked in the country: 1984

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