Tena Esubalew Health Extension Worker comes to  Etenesh Belay's house for counselling on breast feeding practices

At UNICEF Ethiopia, we say ENOUGH to children at risk of death in the first 28 days of their lives. We say NO to lack of access to healthcare; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and basic nutrition. And we are partnering with the Government of Ethiopia to turn our words into action. 

Supporting the objectives of the Government of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we work to improve the quality of health and nutrition services, and of the Health Sector Development Plan, to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability and improve the population’s health and nutrition status. The programme component focuses on improving access to and delivery of basic services particularly in health, HIV/AIDS, WASH and nutrition for the most vulnerable populations, including women, youth and children.

The total budget for this programme component is US$222 million, and it will contribute to the following national and regional results:

(i)  Government capacity and systems are improved to support implementation of the health sector development plan, universal access plan (for safe water) and National Nutrition Programme;

(ii)  At least 80 per cent of children, youth and women use preventive, promotional and basic curative health and nutrition services at community and health-post level;

(iii) A total of 3,200 health centres and 120 hospitals deliver curative and life-saving services focusing on common new-born, child and maternal illnesses and complications, integrated with Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT);

(iv) Government capacity and systems to improve sustainable access to basic WASH services are strengthened at federal, regional and woreda (district) levels; and programmatic support is available in at least 80 learning districts spanning all regions of the country;

(v)  Effective inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms are in place to support implementation of national and regional plans for improved health and survival


Hosted by the governments of Ethiopia and India, the 2017 Acting on the Call conference is a meeting of Ministers and high level policy makers from both the public and private sectors from 24 countries. The organization of this conference has been supported by any partner organizations such as USAID, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NGOs as well as private sector actors.

key objectives:

  • Highlight successful approaches to increasing the use of high-impact reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health interventions (RMNCAH) with equity, quality and sustainability.
  • Increase commitment from countries, private sector and NGOs to strengthen the system required to overcome the remaining key obstacles for maternal and child survival both within and outside the health sector.
  • Demonstrate global commitment and continued momentum to move forward towards the goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths.


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Ethiopia Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) 2014
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- FMOH-EU-UNICEF Enhancing Skilled Delivery in Ethiopia Project 2014-2016
UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) Report 2013  
An Analysis of the Trends, Differentials and Key Proximate Determinants of Infant and Under-Five Mortality in Ethiopia




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