Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program Plus

Dates: 2012-2017

Country: Ethiopia

Client(s): USAID/Ethiopia

Services: Technical Assistance, Assessment, Program Development, Training

Technical Expertise: Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Health Supply Chain Management, Health Systems Strengthening, Nutrition, Social and Behavior Change

With a population of 96 million, Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in Africa. In 2013, Ethiopia achieved the Millennium Development Goal 4 by reducing children under-five mortality to 68/1,000 live births.

Although Ethiopia is justifiably proud of gains in contraceptive prevalence, its rate of population growth is still high. Without ongoing gains in family planning (FP) use, the population will double to 150 million by 2035. This places an unsupportable burden on families, communities, and a nation facing chronic food shortages in many regions and environmental degradation, particularly in high biodiversity areas.

The Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP Plus) supports USAID/Ethiopia's strategic objective of investing in people and is an extension of the original IFHP program. Working across the four largest and most populous regions (Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, SNNP) in Ethiopia, IFHP Plus, USAID’s flagship bilateral family and community health program, aims to provide an integrated package of services to improve the health of rural families, especially mothers, newborns, and children.

IFHP Plus supports the Federal Ministry of Health and Regional Health Bureaus to strengthen the National Health Extension Program, working in some 3,000 primary health care units with about 30,000 health extension workers (HEWs). Through health sector partnerships, community mobilization, and behavior change communications models, the project aims, to improve family planning and MNCH services and practices; to increase the availability and quality of service delivery, products, and information; and to strengthen the national health system through review meetings and systematic supportive supervision. IFHP Plus is a lead technical adviser and partner in some of the major innovations that Ethiopia’s health program has undertaken, at scale: provision of contraceptive implants by HEWs, national scale implementation of integrated community case management, malaria control, community nutrition, and the introduction of family health cards.

The IFHP Plus project is implemented jointly by Pathfinder International and John Snow, Inc. (JSI) in conjunction with local partners. It is a follow on from JSI's Essential Services for Health in Ethiopia, which ran for eight years, the Family Planning/Reproductive Health Project, implemented by Pathfinder, and the jointly implemented Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program.

Watch a video about IFHP's work strengthening nutrition services in Ethiopian communities.

Watch a video about IFHP's work strengthening the cold chain and immunization services in Ethiopian communities.


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