The Integrated Family Health Program was a five-year project funded by the US Agency for International Development from 2008 to 2013 to improve family health by increasing the use of high impact family planning, maternal, newborn and child health practices, products and services in six regions of Ethiopia (Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Tigray, Benishangul Gumuz, and Somali).
A household survey was designed to measure changes in knowledge, attitudes, and health behaviors among families in IFHP’s catchment areas between 2008 and 2013. The results of this study indicate that over the course of the project, use of long-acting family planning methods (IUDs and implants) increased six-fold, particularly among women with the highest unmet need for contraception. Throughout the same time period, there was a six-fold increase in deliveries assisted by doctors, nurses, and midwives. Indicators of child health behaviors such as care-seeking and use of preventive care services remained at high-levels throughout project implementation and nutrition indicators showed positive improvements. HIV testing during pregnancy also increased during the project period. Public sector support for programs, continued training programs and refresher trainings, and task-shifting of health counseling are recommended to ensure that these achievements are maintained.