Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP)

Dates: 2008-2013

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, Infectious Diseases, 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 under five child mortality to 68/1000 live birth.

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) was a five-year, $50 million initiative that was being implemented by Pathfinder International and John Snow Inc (JSI) in partnership with the Consortium of Reproductive Health Associations (CORHA) in Ethiopia with a financial support from USAID. The program operated in 301 Woredas of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray and to a lesser extent in Benishangul Gumuz and Somali regions. The Program Objective was “Increased use of high impact family planning, maternal, newborn and child health practices, products and services”. IFHP hit or surpassed most of the targets of the Life of Program (LoP) for Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) Indicator. IFHP included eleven thematic areas, and highlights of outputs, effects and outcomes of the program discussed below by thematic area. Most of the targets were much higher than 100% and this is due to the fact that the demand for technical support has increased from the side of the public sector mostly in areas of building the human resource for health. Ethiopia DHS results are used to link IFHP’s contributions to higher level outcomes.

The IFHP was implemented jointly by Pathfinder International and John Snow, Inc. (JSI) in partnership with local partners. It is a follow on from JSI's Essential Services for Health in Ethiopia (ESHE), which ran for eight years.

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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