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With a population of over 94 million, Ethiopia faces a number of challenges that strain the country’s ability to provide basic services to its people.
URC began working in Ethiopia in 2008 when we provided support on projects funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the US Agency for International Development and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For these projects, we blended our expertise in several areas with our proven approaches to health care problems.
Supporting healthy child development has also been an important focus of our work. In 2008, we led the introduction of quality improvement approaches to strengthen programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) as a subcontractor to Christian Children’s Fund’s (now Child Fund) Strengthen Community Safety Nets Project and as part of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project. Our work contributed to enhancing OVC services, developing OVC service standards and actively using data for decision making.
In 2011, we supported the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism to improve care for people living with HIV in Ethiopia.
Between 2009 and 2013, URC responded to challenges around keeping newborns and mothers alive through our work with Emory University on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) to introduce an innovative approach to reducing deaths by training community and family members to administer potentially life-saving first-aid at the time of delivery. From November 2011 to September 2012, USAID HCI supported community-based improvement teams to improve ANC attendance and HIV testing among pregnant women as part of the development of the Community Health Systems Strengthening model.