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March 19, 2015

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – World Vision Ethiopia (WVE), in collaboration with USAID and Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia, conducted an Interfaith Roundtable for Action on Maternal/Child Health and Nutrition today in Addis Ababa. The purpose of the event was to set common objectives and action steps as to how to fully integrate the engagement of faith leaders into maternal, newborn and child health work across the country.

The event is a follow up discussion of the recently held book launch by WVE, in collaboration with USAID, where religious leaders in Ethiopia pledged to collaborate on the efforts to improve maternal and child health and to meet MDG 5, which targets to reduce maternal mortality. In her keynote speech, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia M. Haslach said, “Ending preventable child and maternal death by 2035 is one of the U.S. Government’s top priorities….Today is an occasion to take the next step toward strategic engagement of faith leaders and their respective communities in this important effort to have a sustainable impact on maternal and child health and nutrition in this country.”

April 10, 2014

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), assisted Ethiopian enterprise Guts Agro Industry in the launch of a new nutritious chickpea shiro product using chickpea purchased from farmer cooperative union partners, including Becho Woliso, Erer and Lume Adama from the Oromia Region. The collaboration is a result of the public-private partnerships fostered by the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

April 10, 2014
USAID official Jeanne Rideout watches as one of four Ethiopian mothers receive the 2014 REAL Awards.
USAID official Jeanne Rideout watches as one of four Ethiopian mothers receive the 2014 REAL Awards for their outstanding contributions to the fight against HIV.
Karen Ottoni, USAID Ethiopia

Four Ethiopian HIV-positive mothers have received the 2014 REAL Awards, due to their outstanding contributions to the fight against HIV, particularly to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The global award is designed to develop greater respect and appreciation for health workers and the lifesaving care they provide.

March 31, 2014

USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller announced that Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is joining the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program at an event in Addis Ababa where one of the first new volunteers was introduced. The F2F program connects farmers in the United States with their counterparts in East Africa for training and technical assistance. In addition to Ethiopia, the CRS program will include volunteer assignments in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.

March 27, 2014

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), inaugurated a new sesame warehouse in Dansha today with the Ethiopian Federal Cooperative Agency. This is one of four new warehouses constructed over the last 18 months in Tigray and Amhara Regions. USAID cooperated on the construction of two warehouses in Tigray with the Setit Humera and Dansha Aurora FCUs and two more warehouses in Amhara with the Metema and Selam Farmers’ Cooperative Unions (FCUs). The 20,000 Metric Ton storage capacity in the four warehouses will allow the FCUs to purchase more sesame from their combined 41,713 member farmers. USAID’s investment of $1.4 million and assistance in facilitating $611,605 in loans from the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia—a financing first for the bank and FCUs—was instrumental in construction of the warehouses.

March 26, 2014

Over the last few years, Ethiopia has achieved considerable gains in the health sector. According to the latest health survey, infant mortality and under-five mortality, since 2008, have decreased by 39 and 47 percent respectively, propelling Ethiopia to achieve its Millennium Development Goal Four in 2013. This success is attributable to the determined leadership and commitment of the Ethiopian Government, and the partnership and support of all stakeholders.

Despite such gains, the health system still faces some serious challenges, including a shortage of qualified human resources and a lack of sustainable financing. These challenges are complex, and can only be solved through enhanced partnership between the public and private sectors.


Last updated: March 19, 2015

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