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Angola and Ethiopia Take On Family Planning in Latest Learning Exchange

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The Adolescent Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Learning Exchange Trip brought key Angolan stakeholders to visit their counterparts in Ethiopia in July 2015.

Dr. Mengistu Asnake Recognized for Outstanding Leadership in Health

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Pathfinder's Country Representative in Ethiopia was recognized by the Amhara Regional Health Bureau for his leadership in the health sector.
Type: Press Release
Country: Ethiopia

Pathfinder praised for boost in institutional deliveries in Ethiopia

The Integrated Family Health Program received praise from Ethiopia’s Technical Advisory Committee, entrusted with reviewing the performance of the program, on the increase in institutional deliveries within the program areas.

Integrated Family Health Program honored by Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health

Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Program receives trophy recognizing its special contribution to gender issues.
Type: Press Release
Country: Ethiopia
Focus Area: Gender

Positive Strides in Tackling Maternal, Newborn Mortality

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Degefech Ayele is a Health Extension Workers at Walana Health Post in Kacha Bira Woreda, Kembata Tembaro Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State. She and her fellow workers provide family planning, vaccination for children under five and other healthcare services for the environs.

Programme Rekindling Dreams of Having a Healthy Child

Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Program has managed to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the Woreda region of Ethiopia.

She enjoys a rapture of delight for becoming part of the achievement made by the government and USAID’s Integrated Family Health Programme, in what she described as a programme that helps the community rekindle its dream of having a healthy child.

Pathfinder’s Mengistu Asnake Recognized with Public Health Service Award

Dr. Mengistu Asnake, Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia, received the Public Health Service Award at the opening ceremony of the Ethiopian Public Health Association Conference.
Type: Press Release
Country: Ethiopia

Ethiopian President Points to Youth as Way to Country’s Development

Mulatu Teshome
At last week’s National Youth Development Consultative Forum in Ethiopia, youth were the priority.

U.S. Government Striving to Improve Family Health in Ethiopia

More than 200 high-level decision makers and health professionals attended a workshop to fine-tune future support in family planning.

At Conference in Ethiopia, Youth Development a Priority

Today, Ethiopia begins its first-ever National Youth Development Consultative Forum. The event, titled “Integrated Multi-Sectoral Response for Sustainable Youth Development,” brings together more than 200 participants.

Commemorating White Ribbon Day in Ethiopia

Pathfinder’s Integrated Family Health Project in Ethiopia conducted a one-day panel discussion on gender-based violence.
Type: Press Release
Country: Ethiopia
Focus Area: Gender

Successful Site Visit to Our Integrated Family Health Program in Ethiopia

Katie Taylor of USAID visits our IFHP program in Ethiopia

Call for Expression of Interest in Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health Innovation Fund Grants

Ethiopia's Federal Ministry of Health has initiated the Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health Innovation Fund (RIF). The Fund will finance innovative projects that address demand-side barriers in reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health. Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest to the Federal Ministry of Healthwill be September 15, 2014.

Conference Focuses on Holistic Adolescent and Youth Development in Ethiopia

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Building on of the momentum of regional consultations held in May and June 2014 throughout all 11 regions of Ethiopia, Pathfinder will host a national conference in September 2014 focused on a multisectoral response for adolescent and youth development.

New Video from CSIS Examines Impact of Family Planning in Ethiopia

See Ethiopians—rural women, an Orthodox Priest, the First Lady of Ethiopia, and more—share why they believe family planning is key to their country’s development.

“Women build the society. They build a nation. And investing in family planning is investing in the future.”-Dr. Tewodros Bekele, Director of Maternal, Child Health & Nutrition Programs, Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health

Pathfinder Joins Newly-Established Cancer Committee in Ethiopia

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This week, Pathfinder International was honored to become a part of the newly-formed National Cancer Committee in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia's Model Families Hailed as Agents of Social Transformation

The Guardian's Claire Provost recently visited Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Project in Ethiopia to explore the root of the country's success in family planning throughout the past decade.

Wudinesh Demisse raises her hand above her head, showing off the matchstick-sized birth-control implant embedded just beneath the skin of her upper arm.

Wudinesh, 28, is a farmer in rural West Arsi, in Ethiopia's central Oromia region. With three children already, Wudinesh says it is time to stop. "For me, three is enough," she says, through a translator. "If they are too many, they are too expensive."

Ethiopian Women Pay High Price for US Aid Abortion Restrictions

Despite tremendous progress on family planning in Ethiopia, organizations like Pathfinder still see Ethiopian women paying a high price for USAID abortion restrictions related to the Helms Amendment.

"Any primary health clinic that doesn't provide abortions is a missed opportunity," said Demet Güral, a physician and vice-president of programmes at Pathfinder International.

Even if women have access to contraception, there are always failure rates, says Güral, and it is essential they can access safe abortion if needed.

"Especially for youth; most are not married, they have a future. How can you talk about family planning for youth and not talk about abortion?

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Country: Ethiopia
Focus Area: Abortion

Rural Ethiopians Spread Good Health Habits Over Coffee

Thousands of women in Ethiopia have joined a Health Development Army to turn the time-honored cultural practice of drinking coffee together into an opportunity to spread the word about better health practices in their rural communities.

“The Women Development Army are women that have implemented the health extension program of government very well so that others in their communities can see what they are benefitting out of this health extension program so that they can adapt or adopt what this Women Development Army are doing,” said Tariku Nigatu, who works with Pathfinder International in Ethiopia.

Five Pioneers Take EXCELL Awards

Five family planning leaders were recognized today for driving extraordinary progress in expanding access to contraceptive information and services at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2013)

Dr. Mengistu Asnake of Ethiopia is the second recipient of the 2013 EXCELL award for family planning achievement at the individual level. Dr. Asnake is Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia, and also serves as its Chief of Party for the Integrated Family Health Program. Dr. Asnake has played a key role in the development of national family planning strategies and guidelines.

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