Civil society support in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is a major challenge for public health services, since most people live in remote rural areas. CSOs therefore play a vital role in mobilising communities to access health services, and also in direct service provision.

12 October 2010


  • Ethiopia CSO 1 Day-to-day
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    Women and children carry water in Beshangul-Gumuz region, north-west Ethiopia on October 10th, 2010. One of the world’s poorest countries, Ethiopia ranks 157th out of 169 on the UN’s 2010 human development index.
  • Ethiopia CSO 2 Access to health
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    An Ethiopian girl poses for the camera in Beshangul-Gumuz region, north-west Ethiopia, on October 10th, 2010. Some 85 percent of Ethiopia’s 81 million population live in rural areas with limited access to services such as health.
  • Ethiopia CSO 3 Cold-chain challenge
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    A kerosene-powered fridge stores vaccines at a health post in the village of Menge in north-west Ethiopia. Getting healthcare to Ethiopia’s remote regions poses a significant challenge, but GAVI support has paid for staff training on the maintenance of these tyoes of fridges, inventories, and cold-chains.
  • Ethiopia CSO 4 Partnership
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    Habtamu Mazingia, a health officer in the Ethiopian village of Menge, discusses immunisation records with Kate Elder from the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) at the Menge village health post on October 11th, 2010. The GAVI Alliance works closely with organisations such as the IFRC, which has extensive contacts with field workers throughout the country. 
  • Ethiopia CSO 5 Progress
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    A chart on the wall at Bambasi Woreda health centre in north-west Ethiopia shows the region’s most common childhood diseases for the year 2010, written as 2002 in Ethiopia’s Amharic calendar.  
  • Ethiopia CSO 6 Remote outreach
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    Children share a joke at Bambasi Woreda health centre in north-west Ethiopia. GAVI works with civil society organisations in Ethiopia such as the Christian Relief and Development Agency and the International Rescue Committee to immunise more children in remote, hard-to-reach, and semi-nomadic communities. 
  • Ethiopia CSO 7 Health workers
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    Zebura Ali (on the left) and Daragew Somirew (on the right), two health extension workers, enjoy a quiet moment in Bambasi Woreda health centre on October 12th, 2010. These health extension workers serve a population of about 1,300 and vaccinations are organised on the 28th day of each month.
  • Ethiopia CSO 8 Changing attitudes
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    Mr. Yimam and Mr. Heman, two community health volunteers, discuss their support for immunisation at the health post in Bambasi Woreda health centre on October 12th, 2010. Since their village has no refrigerator, one volunteer must walk roughly 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) to collect the vaccine for the vaccination day while the other volunteer reminds the community about the upcoming immunisations.
  • Ethiopia CSO 9 Preventable diseases
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    Tidy immunisation records at Kebele #40 health post in Bambasi Woreda on October 12th, 2010, show how many children have received their full set of immunisations, protecting them against vaccine-preventable diseases.  
  • Ethiopia CSO 10 Increasing use of health services
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    Delivery room at a health post in Bambasi Woreda, north-west Ethiopia, on October 12th, 2010. Receiving about half a dozen visitors each day, the health post is made from mud. Access and utilisation of health services is increasing in Ethiopia, but much work remains to be done. 
  • Ethiopia CSO 11 Millennium Development Goals
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    A group of children pose for the camera in Bambasi Woreda on October 12th, 2010. Child mortality rates have been falling steadily in Ethiopia to 109 deaths per 1,000 children under the age of five in 2008 from 210 in 1999, putting Ethiopia on target to achieve MDG 4 by 2015. In 2009, the equivalent rate in the United States was 7.8 according to World Bank data. 
  • Ethiopia CSO 12 Increasing access to immunisation
    Nilgun Aydogan/GAVI/2010
    Dr. Gideon Tefera, the emergency health and nutrition programme manager for World Vision Ethiopia, examines a map of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on October 14th, 2010. The map shows operational regions for GAVI-supported civil society organisations working to reach populations currently outside the catchment of government services.  
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