Family planning

Amref Health Africa launches project to expand family planning in drought-prone and chronically food-insecure areas of Ethiopia – Ethiopia

In partnership with WE-Action and Kulich Youth Reproductive Health and Development Organisation, Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia has launched a five million euro project entitled “Scaling up Family Planning for Resilience Building” funded by the European Union.

Implemented in the regions of Oromia, Amhara, Afar and SNNPR, the project aims to improve the social cohesion, productive capacity and autonomy of women and young people, and to ensure sustainable access to sexual health services, and family planning in 16 woredas in Borona, Waghimra, Afar-Zone one, Wolaita and South Omo where drought is recurrent and food security a challenge.

Speaking at the launch event, Advisor to the Minister of State for Programs at the Ministry of Health, Dr Sileshi Gorma said challenges in the health system are hampering progress towards ending deaths of mothers and children in Ethiopia. These include poor health infrastructure, severe shortage of human resources, limited access to relevant health technologies and, again, drought and conflict, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

Aligned with government priorities, the project will create access to socio-economic opportunities and quality family planning and sexual and reproductive health services, thereby contributing to the country’s efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality in the districts. targets.

Acknowledging the achievements of Amref Health Africa in the successful implementation of previous interventions supported by the European Union, the European Union delegate, Dominique Dovoux, said that the current grant of five million euros to Amref and to its consortium partners is a recognition of the tangible achievements of the previous phase and also trusts that this new project will facilitate the demographic transition in Ethiopia based on a gender equality strategy.

Amref Health Africa Deputy Country Director in Ethiopia, Dr. Sentayehu Tsegaye, remarked, “Family planning is one of the highest impact interventions that addresses the socio-economic determinants of health. , in addition to contributing directly to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality. health. This project will contribute to addressing both health and socio-economic determinants by supporting the empowerment of women and youth in the target districts of the four regions.

Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia has been implementing European Union-funded interventions in several regions and districts of the country since 2008. Over the next three years, it will implement the “Scaling Up Family Planning to Build Resilience” project in close partnership with the ministry. Health, relevant regional government sector offices and other implementing partners.

For more information, please contact: Kenaw Gebreselassie,

Communication Manager, Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia

Mobile: +2510911704787 [email protected]