Who we serve in Ethiopia

The conflict in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray, Amhara, and Afar regions have forced more than 5 million Ethiopians to leave their homes behind to seek refuge in safer parts of the country. Medical Teams cares for a population of about 155,000 people in Ethiopia.

Many of the people we serve in Ethiopia have experienced life-threatening or distressing events. The need for basic resources is high, particularly in northern Ethiopia. Families struggle to get enough food, clean water, or medical care. Even for people who are able to leave the conflict-affected regions, the refugee camp services are often overwhelmed.

In addition to Ethiopians moving within their own country, there are also about 1 million people from neighboring countries seeking refuge in Ethiopia.

Serving alongside courageous communities in Ethiopia is a powerful reminder that all people have a right to loving, life-saving medical care.

What’s happening in Ethiopia

Prior to 2020, Ethiopia was a relatively stable country. Today, the context in-country has changed dramatically. Though the war is officially over — ending in November 2022 — there is still conflict in some regions. Health care services in the northern part of Ethiopia are limited. In some places, food and clean water can be difficult for people to get.

In addition to conflict, climate crises like drought have also affected Ethiopians. Environmental factors compound the challenges faced by people in their everyday lives. It can also make outbreaks of diseases like cholera more common.

Finally, security is still a concern in Ethiopia. Accessing communities who need care continues to be difficult for humanitarian organizations like Medical Teams.

Our team in Ethiopia

Our team in Ethiopia consists of about 200 staff members at 10 different sites across the country. Most of our full-time staff are from Ethiopia. We work with our staff and community leaders to shape our programs in Ethiopia, making sure they’re responsive to the needs of the people we serve.


Note: The numbers and statistics reflected on this page were collected from October 2021 – September 2022.