In 2015, the Federal Ministry of Health and UK’s Department for International Development established a Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health Innovation Fund, and committed £19 million (amount after the closure decision) over four project years (2014 to 2018). Pathfinder International, as the Technical Assistance Supplier, embedded its team members to provide technical support to the different directorates within the Federal Ministry of Health.
Following the review of the global portfolio and subsequent decision to streamline country programs, the Department for International Development decided to close the project by the
end of June 2018. As the project is approaching its end after three years of implementation, Pathfinder International Ethiopia has documented feedback, reflections, and analysis of what worked well over the course of the project and identified areas of improvement under four major themes: achieving program outputs and management; coordination and learning platforms; capacity building; and promoting reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health innovations by involving the different stakeholders in the project—including Federal Ministry of Health Officials, regional health bureau representatives, Department for International Development, Pathfinder, and grant subrecipients.