Ethiopia

JSI has been active in Ethiopia since 1994, when we began efforts to improve and increase access to family planning services through the USAID-funded Family Planning and Logistics Management (FPLM) Project. Since then, JSI has fully supported the Federal Ministry of Health and Regional Health Bureaus in their quest to improve the health of all people across Ethiopia.

JSI was instrumental in assisting the government design its community health approach through the Health Extension Program (HEP) and train a large community health promoter cadre of over 252,000 volunteers through the two Essential Services for Health in Ethiopia (ESHE) Projects, implemented from 1999-2008, and the current Integrated Family Health Project and the Last 10 Kilometers Project.

ESHE I introduced community health promoter initiative in a few sites of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) and ESHE II scaled up the approach to 115 districts in Ethiopia’s three largest biggest regions. The current Integrated Family Health Project (IFHP) is the third USAID project phase that is expanding to reach to 280 districts in 4 regions. Also supporting Ethiopia’s community-based approach to improving health, the Last 10 Kilometer’s project focuses on community health teams composed of health extension workers and community health promoters in an additional 115 districts of these 4 regions with total beneficiary population of 45 million people. The Saving Newborn Lives program is reaching even more communities with information and training that is specifically targeting newborn health at the community level.

The community-based health extension approach used in Ethiopia was adapted from similar approaches first implemented by JSI in Madagascar through the Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS) I (1993-1998) and the Jereo Salama Isika Project (1998-2003). Since then, JSI has continued to support the Federal Ministry of Health through both rural and urban programs, extending its efforts to analyze, develop, and manage systems addressing a wide range of health issues including child survival, HIV prevention, immunization, obstetric, maternal, and neonatal care, and more.
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Featured Projects

View details: Universal Immunization through Improving Family Health Services (UI-FHS)

Universal Immunization through Improving Family Health Services (UI-FHS)

JSI is supporting the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health in operationalizing Ethiopia's national routine immunization strategy to reach all women and children with potent lifesaving vaccines.

View details: Ethiopia Urban Health Extension Program (USAID/UHEP)

Ethiopia Urban Health Extension Program (USAID/UHEP)

JSI is supporting the implementation and monitoring of the Government’s Urban Health Extension Program (UHEP) as a means of improving access to and demand for health - including HIV - services in urban areas to improve overall health outcomes.

View details: Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program

Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program

Through the Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program is improving maternal and child health and increasing the availability and quality of services, products, and information, and strengthening the national health system to support local health needs.

 

Featured Resources

 

Features

View details: Medical supplies increase urban health extension professionals' efficiency

Medical supplies increase urban health extension professionals' efficiency

Urban Health Extension Professionals in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia are empowered by new tools and medications supplied to them by JSI's Urban Health Extension Program.

View details: Adding light to health

Adding light to health

The Last 10 Kilometers project organizes community members in the Kersa Harbu Kenne kebele of Ethiopia to install electric lights in village health clinics to increase the safety of nighttime childbirth.

View details: Maternal and child health, house by house

Maternal and child health, house by house

The Last Ten Kilometers project improves services in rural Ethiopia by enlisting community volunteers to map health data in their villages.