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Increasing access to basic services in Tigray

The conflict in northern Ethiopia has had a devastating impact on millions of people and left communities, including those in Tigray, without access to basic services.

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  • This article was originally published 15 June 2023. Some of the information has been updated.

Project updates:

22 February 2024

  • The reconstruction of 14 health centers, 11 primary schools and 33 communal and institutional water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in Tigray has been successfully completed.

  • The rapid response activities were implemented in Abergele, Asgede, Endemahoni, Hawzen and Hintalo.

  • The project has now moved to the recovery phase, which will include the reconstruction of additional health, education and water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

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15 December 2023

  • Megab Primary School and Megab Health Centre have been successfully reconstructed after suffering extensive damage due to conflict.

  • Megab Health Centre will better serve more than 18,000 people in the local community.

  • Megab Primary School now has an improved learning and teaching environment for more than 900 students and more than 30 staff members.

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30 November 2023

  • The Jijike and Gera Health Centres in Abergele have been successfully reconstructed after suffering extensive damage due to conflict and handed over.

  • Jijike Health Centre's entrance now also includes a ramp to allow for easier access for people with physical disabilities.

  • Gera Health Centre also has a new toilet block to improve sanitary conditions.

  • Combined, the centres will provide health services for more than 22,000 people.

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23 October 2023

  • May Hayde Primary School and Ara Asegede Health Post in Hintalo were successfully reconstructed after suffering extensive damage and handed over.

  • Ara Asegede Health Post, which now has improved sanitation facilities, serves 25,000 people.

  • The rehabilitation of five classroom blocks and the administration building of May Hayde Primary School enhances the learning environment for students. In addition, the school was equipped with 200 new desks and 16 blackboards.

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15 September 2023

  • The recently reconstructed Dongolat Primary School and Dongolat Health Center have both been officially completed, ensuring more than 600 students now have access to education and more than 15,000 patients have better healthcare.

  • The project also provided nearly $10,000 to cover four months of stipends for teachers to enable them to return to the classroom.

  • Both the health centre and the school received new ramps to make it easier for people with disabilities to access the buildings.

  • The reconstruction process of both facilities used locally sourced construction materials and provided employment opportunities for more than 100 local workers.

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17 August 2023

  • Millions of Ethiopians have been devastated by the fighting in the country’s north. Educational facilities suffered significant damage, with schools, furniture, textbooks and laboratory equipment destroyed – forcing many children out of school.

  • So far, UNOPS has procured 3,000 desks and 240 blackboards for 15 primary schools in Tigray.

Fighting gender-based violence

As part of this project, UNOPS is also working in partnership with UNFPA to improve access to response services for survivors of gender-based violence.

Since November 2020, the conflict has damaged or destroyed water sources, depriving many people of access to clean water. Educational facilities have also suffered significant damage, with schools, furniture, textbooks and laboratory equipment destroyed – forcing many children out of school. And fragile and deteriorating health services have increased the vulnerability of communities.

On behalf of the government of Ethiopia, UNOPS is implementing a project aimed at rebuilding and improving access to basic services and climate-resilient community infrastructure, as part of the larger World Bank-funded 'Response Recovery Resilience for Conflict-Affected Communities in Ethiopia' project.

UNOPS is working with local neighbourhood relations committees to rehabilitate and improve access to social services such as water, sanitation, health and education, to support more than 365,000 people in 5 woredas affected by conflict.

This project will help support the resumption of essential social services in selected conflict-affected woredas [districts] in Tigray.

Worknesh Mekonnen - Director of UNOPS Multi-Country Office in Ethiopia

The committees – which comprise a broad mix of people from each community, including women and older people – help ensure each community's needs are highlighted and reflected in the implementation of the project.

Since the launch of the project, 12 primary schools and 12 health centres have been rehabilitated. Stipends have also been paid to more than 400 healthcare workers, enabling health centers to open and provide services to the community. In addition, more than 400 teachers have also received stipends, enabling more than 10,000 girls and boys to return to school.

In addition, damaged water and sanitation infrastructure such as pipes and reservoirs are being rehabilitated. Water points, additional pipes and solar power infrastructure will also be constructed.

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