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

On June 13, 2015, Pathfinder’s Integrated Family Health Program received a trophy from the Federal Ministry of Health’s Women and Youth Affairs Directorate for its special contribution to gender issues.

This award recognizes the Integrated Family Health Program for its support in mainstreaming gender issues at the federal and regional levels of the country’s health sector.

The program promotes an integrated model for strengthening family planning; reproductive health; and maternal, newborn, and child health services for rural and underserved populations. Funded by USAID, the program is led by Pathfinder and John Snow, Inc.

Since 2008, the program has worked to increase awareness and behavior change in the area of gender norms in Ethiopia.

The program received this award during the closing ceremony of the 5th Annual Women and Youth Affairs Structures Review Meeting. The trophy was given to members of IFHP by His Excellency Dr. Kebede Worku, state minister of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Specifically, the program was recognized for its part in the roll-out orientation of the National Health Sector Gender Mainstreaming Manual for health care managers at regional and zonal levels, building the capacity of male engagement in sexual and reproductive health, introducing a multi-sectoral approach to the prevention of harmful traditional practices, and creating the Integrated Communication Approaches for Health Communicators that focuses on gender.

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