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Canada set to invest on sexual reproductive health of Ethiopia

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) and Global Affairs Canada are set to spend approximately 110 million Birr (4.1 million CAD) to help Ethiopia with sexual reproductive health (SRH) of women and adolescents. This is to be a four year project and is to support Ethiopia’s priority in helping improve its national curriculum.

 “The project’s multi-faceted focus on education, health services and advocacy will create and sustain change that will greatly benefit individuals and communities (and) we look forward to this new and exciting chapter for CRAR’s work in Ethiopia,” said Steve Ferracuti (MD), CPAR Board Chair.

The project is to be in the Amhara and Oromia Regional States and will place Canada’s foreign agenda of feminism at forefront and will look at gender discrimination in areas of early and

forced child marriage, female genital mutilation, and early pregnancy.

In a statement, CRAP said the mission will involve the Ministry of Women and Children affairs, Ministry of Education and regional and zonal authorities and local educational institutions will focus on, “Obstetric fistula, a preventable birth complication that can result from a prolonged or obstructed labor and create urinary and rectal incontinence, is a devastating condition that can lead to women being ostracized and shut out of community life”.

Unlike other uniform like developmental goals in Ethiopia, it will also try to find local solutions by way of “collaborative and locally tailored approach”.

Canada is one of Ethiopia’s long-term partners of aid and development and the nation is its largest investment of aid, only next to Afghanistan. In his visit to Ethiopia earlier this year, partly to campaign on a doomed attempt to win a seat at the United Nations Security Council, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hailed some of the recent reforms of the nation and promised to invest on aid to Ethiopia, while promising to also promote trade, which up until not has only focused on areas of mining.