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 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). JSI’s support was critical in the development of Ethiopia’s health supply chain through the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, which worked with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA), and Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs). JSI provided nationwide support to improve the availability of essential medicines, diagnostics, contraceptives, vaccines, and consumable supplies in public health facilities and improved supply of all public health commodities through the Integrated Pharmaceutical Logistics System. In 2015, JSI supported Ethiopia to transition management of its vaccine supply chain from the Federal Ministry of Health to the PFSA, creating a new model for how vaccines moves through the system.
JSI’s maternal, newborn, and child health programs are designed to strengthen the health system and ensure that all women and children have access to the services they need, when and where they need them. Transform: Primary Health Care, the U.S. government’s flagship health program in Ethiopia, is helping the government implement its Health Sector Transformation Plan (HSTP) and end preventable maternal and child deaths. Using a health systems strengthening approach, Transform builds the capacity of RHBs to manage the way primary health care services are delivered at the woreda level.
The Last Ten Kilometers 2020 (L10K 2020) project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on strengthening health systems for equitable access to, quality of, and use of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health services. Using human-centered design principles, L10K 2020 strengthens the capacity of national, regional, and zonal health bureaus to realize the four transformation agendas of the HSTP: woreda transformation; transformation in equity and quality health care; compassionate and respectful care; and information revolution with a focus on data use for improving performance.
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Universal Immunization through Improving Family Health Services supports “Reaching Every District,” Ethiopia’s national routine immunization strategy, by developing quality improvement tools to improve availability, use, quality, and sustainability of routine immunization services.
JSI works with countries and partners around the world to find innovative ways to use the latest technologies for data-informed decision making to improve health programs and health outcomes. The Ethiopia Data Use Partnership, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a platform that supports the Federal Ministry of Health’s collaborative endeavor to advance the country’s information revolution. The initiative aims to improve the collection and use of high-quality routine information in the health sector, contributing to improved quality, efficiency, and availability of primary health and nutrition services at all levels of the health system.
The USAID-funded Digital Health Activity works with the Federal Ministry of Health and partners with the Data Use Partnership to help build sustainable, resilient, and interoperable health information systems (HIS) that ensure the entire health sector has the data, analytics, and skills necessary to improve the health and well-being of all Ethiopians.