On June 26, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union (USAU) Michael Battle and African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha signed an amendment to the already existing Assistance Agreement between the United States and the African Union (AU). The revised and expanded Assistance Agreement underscores the commitment of the United States to supporting the AU through specific U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs.
I am delighted to be here with you this morning to celebrate the launch of Ethiopia’s new National Nutrition Program. We are here today to mark a new phase in our common efforts to improve nutrition for all Ethiopians, particularly those most vulnerable - the young. I congratulate my Ethiopian colleagues for their hard work on developing the new National Nutrition Program and can assure you that the United States strongly supports the program and its objectives.
Today, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth represented the U.S. Government at the launch of Ethiopia's new National Nutrition Program (NNP) at the United Nations Conference Center, Economic Commission for Africa. This launch coincides the Ethiopia launch of the Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition series.
The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched two activities with Project Mercy to boost health and livelihoods in communities in the SNNPR and Amhara regions. Yetebon, a Gurage community near Butajira in the SNNP region, will benefit from maternal and child health services. The major part of the grant is to use upgrade and use the Project Mercy hospital and facilities to train 400 midwives who willd eploy across the SNNPR region to boost the Ministry of Health's and USAID efforts tor educe the high death rate of mothers and newborns.
It is my pleasure to represent the American people at this signing of two agreements to support Project Mercy’s inspiring work to improve the health and livelihoods of communities in Yetebon and Chacha. Shortly after I arrived in Ethiopia in 2010, I had the pleasure of visiting Project Mercy and learning about the wonderful work being done by Marta and Deme. Last January, USAID Administrator Raj Shah and Senator James Inhofe came from Washington to see the remarkable work being done here. I am pleased to be here once again to see the progress that has been made since 2010.
Last updated: October 17, 2014