Working Together with Communities: Complimentary Feeding in Gursum

Beza Derje, a Community Health Worker in Rural Ethiopia, demonstrates her work teaching mothers in remote villages how to prepare nutritious food for their families, how to use bed nets to prevent malaria, and other preventive health skills.

Beza is part of a cadre of health workers employed by the Ethiopian Government's Health Extension Program, a nation-wide program that trains and coordinates people in local villages to link families with health services.

The Integrated Family Health Program, a USAID-funded initiative implemented by JSI and Pathfinder International, utilizes and supports the HEP network to improve maternal, newborn and child health services as well as family planning services.

Operating in the Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, and Tigray regions of Ethiopia, IFHP serves 301 woredas (districts), benefiting over 35 million people.

Watch the video to see how simple interventions delivered at the community level are transforming the health and lives of Ethiopian families.

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