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The Ethiopia Diaspora Trust Fund (EDTF) Advisory Council is pleased to announce it has established an “EDTF Emergency COVID-19 Mitigation” effort committing USD 1 million start-up fund to assist the national COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Ethiopia.

Responding to the health care needs of disadvantaged Ethiopians is one of the core missions of the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund. A description of EDTF’s response is attached to this press release.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has recently warned, “Africa is two to three weeks away from the worst of the coronavirus storm and needs an emergency economic stimulus of $100 billion to bolster preventative measures and support its fragile healthcare systems.”

55 cases of COVID-19 infection, 2 deaths and 4 recoveries are reported as of Wednesday, April 8, 2020. While the current low infection and mortality rate is encouraging, we must not be lulled into complacency or underestimate the severe health threats given the exponential growth of the virus in a given population and lag time between infection and manifestation of symptoms.

EDTF’s commitment is targeted to addressing the specific needs for medical supplies (attached to this press release) identified by the Ministry of Health under the coordination of the COVID-19 Ministerial Committee chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to respond directly to the COVID-19 threat.

Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam, EDTF Advisory Council Chairman said, “Ethiopia and indeed the human race today faces an existential threat as COVID-19 continues to spread like wildfire to all corners of the globe. There is no more critical and urgent health care need facing all Ethiopians today than the prevention, treatment and mitigation of COVID-19.”

Dr. Bisrat Aklilu, EDTF Advisory Council Treasurer explained, “EDTF Emergency COVID-19 support will be guided primarily by the priority items identified by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and will closely coordinate with the Prime Minister’s National COVID-19 Resource Mobilization Committee, the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Task Force and collaborate with other Ethiopian diaspora organizations working to address the COVID-19 threat in Ethiopia. EDTF will provide periodic reports on funding allocations and expenditures consistent with its commitment to maximum transparency and accountability.”

In response to requests by EDTF Diaspora donors and others, the EDTF website now has a separate window for COVID-19 donations to be held in a special account created for COVID-19. Donors are encouraged to use that window to support the fundraising effort.

The EDTF COVID-19 effort in Ethiopia will be coordinated by EDTF Board Chairman Zafu Eyesuswork and Vice Chairperson Dr. Mehret Mandefro, and the EDTF Secretariat.



  1. Let’s all shine now! Let’s show our generosity and donate what ever we can for this blessed cause. Let’s put our differences, whatever that is, and unite against this common enemy, the scourge.

    Let’s do this and This Shall Pass!!!!!

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  3. It is a known fact that the majority of the Ethiopians owned small businesses in USA are restaurants .

    According to the new decision made by the Federal Government of USA and FEMA , the Ethiopian cuisine is chosen to be perfect food to fight the CoronaVirus’s underlying health issues ,the properly sealed and properly packed with low sodium and with low sugar nutritious Ethiopian food is set to be provided to the millions of homebound seniors in USA three times daily .

    The FEMA and the local state governments across USA are getting ready to purchase Ethiopian foods from Ethiopian restaurants to feed the homebound seniors in USA , so many Ethiopian restaurants businesses in USA will not need the federal stimulus loans since the nutritious low sodium low sugar Ethiopian cuisine from the Ethiopian restaurants are chosen to be delivered to the homebound seniors three times each day for the rest of the seniors lives all across USA.

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