The Sustainable Financing Initiative In Ethiopia

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Funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Sustainable Financing Initiative for HIV/AIDS (SFI) aims to increase sustainability of the HIV response by promoting shared financial responsibility with host country governments. Since 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has implemented SFI in 16 countries and two regional programs, with a budget of nearly $48 million.

Ethiopia has made remarkable progress in reducing the HIV epidemic. In 2019, there were 665,723 people living with HIV (PLHIV) and the prevalence of HIV among persons ages 15 to 49 was 0.9 percent. That year, 13,071 people were newly infected with HIV and 11,843 died from an AIDS-related illness.1 Donor resources for HIV have been steadily declining for years; in 2017, Ethiopia received less than half of the funding that it received in 2010. The Government of Ethiopia is committed to achieve epidemic control by mobilizing domestic resources, strengthening infrastructure and human resources, and leveraging the private and public sectors.

Since 2018, in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and relevant stakeholders, SFI has focused on opportunities to increase domestic financing, provided technical assistance to different sectors, and helped generate evidence for decisionmaking. These efforts will represent important milestones in Ethiopia’s HIV response.

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 10:45am

Last updated: May 12, 2021