The United States, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, pointed to the successful end of the five-year Booster Ethiopian Urban Health Program.
The program, in addition to a press release from the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, helped to improve the quality of health services for around 2.5 million households in Addis Ababa and about 50 cities and towns across the country.
Over the past five years, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Health have been working together to address the unique challenges posed by rapid urbanization, particularly among the poorest, in accessibility and quality of primary health care.
In response, USAID invested in skills training for more than 2,500 urban health extension specialists, helping them to better serve and maintain families in the communities where they work. The project also helped to improve water, cleanliness and hygiene in urban areas – including safe drinking water points and the construction of public toilets.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Deputy Director of the USAID, Alicia Dinerstein said, ülke No country can achieve its full socio-economic potential without giving its citizens the opportunity to provide healthy and productive lives. That's why the United States believes that investing in health is one of the best investments we can make for a brighter and more prosperous future for all Ethiopians. "
The US is the largest bilateral donor of the health sector in Ethiopia and provides about $ 200 million a year for HIV / AIDS; malaria; mother, newborn and child health; nutrition; tuberculosis; and water, health and hygiene.
In general, through USAID, the US has invested in more than $ 3.5 billion for Ethiopia over the past five years for development and humanitarian aid.