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Mother and child at the clinic
Mother and child at the clinic

In the last few years, Ethiopians have dramatically increased their use of modern family planning contraceptives. Building on this new momentum, USAID works to improve the health of mothers, neonates, children, adolescents and youth by decreasing unintended and teenage pregnancies. In addition to improving access to family planning services and contraceptives, USAID also supports strengthening the capacity of these programs through community mobilization as well as detection, referral, treatment and reintegration of fistula cases.

Activities include

  • Integrated Family Health Project (IFHP): Strengthen and promote increased use of high-impact family planning, maternal, newborn and child health practices, products and services. IFHP provides an integrated package of family planning and reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health interventions. Investments directly support the Health Sector Development Plan and the Health Extension Program with a focus on delivery of key services and products through a continuum of quality care from the health center to the health post and community level in rural, peri-urban and hard-to-reach parts of the country. IFHP supports 302 woredas (districts) in the Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions and the emerging regions of Benishangul-Gumuz and Somali. The activity benefits approximately 35.2 million people—roughly 40 percent of the entire population of Ethiopia.

  • Support for International Family Planning (SIFPO): Increase access to and utilization of voluntary, high-quality family planning services. By strengthening organizational capacity and sustainability of country-level programs, SIFPO contributes to reductions in fertility and maternal and child mortality.

  • Program Research for Strengthening Services (PROGRESS): Work closely with the Government of Ethiopia to increase skills in monitoring and evaluating family planning initiatives.

  • Central Contraceptive Procurement: Ensure access to and availability of modern contraceptives by procuring contraceptives for the IFHP service delivery network in public health facilities

  • Maternal Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP): Support efforts to curb maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality by expanding IFHP initiatives i.e. through post-partum family planning.

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Last updated: February 12, 2015

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