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 (called the Health Development Army).  

The Essential Services for Health in Ethiopia (ESHE) Projects, implemented from 1999-2008, introduced community health promoter initiative in a few sites of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) and the second phase of ESHE scaled up the approach to 115 districts in Ethiopia’s three largest 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 Kilometers Project focuses on community health teams composed of health extension workers and the Health Development Army in an additional 115 districts, together reaching a total beneficiary population of 45 million people. 

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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Highlights

PROJECT
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.

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

Medical supplies increase urban health extension professionals' efficiency in Ethiopia

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.

PROJECT
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.

FEATURE
View details: Improving health outcomes in rural Ethiopia

Improving health outcomes in rural Ethiopia

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.

PROJECT
View details: The Last Ten Kilometers: What it Takes to Improve Health Outcomes in Rural Ethiopia

The Last Ten Kilometers: What it Takes to Improve Health Outcomes in Rural Ethiopia

In this Gates-funded project, JSI is strengthening the bridge between Ethiopian families, communities, and the health extension worker program to achieve sustainable reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health improvements.

FEATURE
View details: Local trainees help and guide mothers through their pregnancy in Ethiopia

Local trainees help and guide mothers through their pregnancy in Ethiopia

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

PROJECT
View details: Supply Chain Management System (SCMS)

Supply Chain Management System (SCMS)

JSI and its partners strengthen global procurement and distribution systems for essential HIV&AIDS medicines and supplies in over 20 countries, leading to lowered costs and better availability in some of the hardest to reach areas of the world.

FEATURE
View details: Strengthening  community development through interfaith dialogue in Ethiopia

Strengthening community development through interfaith dialogue in Ethiopia

JSI's Technical Assistance to the New Partners Initiative supports a local NGO in its effort to unite religious groups in Holeta, Ethiopia around addressing health issues in their community such as sanitation, nutrition, and HIV.

FEATURE
View details: Health extension workers help an Ethiopian community improve health services for women and children

Health extension workers help an Ethiopian community improve health services for women and children

The Last 10 Kilometers project organizes local task forces in rural Ethiopia that work together to identify and overcome obstacles to maternal health initiatives in their communities.

FEATURE
View details: Managing health information effectively in Ethiopia

Managing health information effectively in Ethiopia

The Oromia Health Bureau in Ethiopia receives an information system overhaul from JSI's Health Management Information Systems project.

FEATURE
View details: Modeling healthy behavior for the community in Ethiopia

Modeling healthy behavior for the community in Ethiopia

A mother in Oromia uses the training she received from the Essential Services for Health in Ethiopia (ESHE) Project to raise health and sanitation standards in her community.

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