In 2015, Ethiopia launched its Health System Transformation Plan to build on its significant gains in improving health. A key focus of the plan is ending preventable maternal and child deaths.
The approach of Transform: Primary Health Care is to strengthen the Ethiopian health system by building the capacity of regional health bureaus to more effectively manage the way primary health care services are delivered at the woreda level, in primary hospitals, health centers, and health posts. The project aims to increase the use of antenatal care, contraception services, skilled deliveries, and child health services to improve outcomes for women, children, and their families. It is also introducing, testing and scaling life-saving innovations, such as mobile ultrasounds, solar suitcases, and more.
Transform: Primary Health Care operates in 360 woredas in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples regions. The project serves more than 53 million people and will reach more than 400 woredas by 2021.
The project is funded by USAID and implemented by a consortium of organizations that includes JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., Pathfinder International, EnCompass, Malaria Consortium, Abt Associates, and the Ethiopian Midwives Association, in collaboration with local government and nongovernmental partners.