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USAID completes seven-year project

USAID completes seven-year project

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the development arm of America’s Department of State has completed its seven-year-long strengthening of Human Resources for Healthcare projects in Ethiopia. The mega project started in 2012 and managed to train about 50,000 local healthcare workers on areas such as quality care and services after partnering with 90 plus public and private learning institutions in the nation.

“This is an excellent example of how investments in people – in this case, investing in building a skilled workforce for a stronger health system – results in positive measurable impacts like developing 50,000 skilled health workers,” USAID Mission Director, Leslie Reed, said. “More importantly, it results in positive impacts that are immeasurable, like the happiness that a mother and father feel when they look into the eyes of their newborn baby for the first time, after a safe and successful childbirth.”

The training, in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health (MoH) was set to complement the ministry’s 10-year human resources strategic plan, which extended to area physicians, midwives, anesthetists, health extension workers, emergency medical technicians, and biomedical technicians.

The project was spearheaded by Jhpiego-led consortium of partners, including Management Sciences for Health, the Ethiopian Midwives Association, the Ethiopian Association of Anesthetists, the Open University, and Project Mercy. 

The United States, through USAID, is a major partner to the nation’s healthcare system, investing about USD 200 million a year in areas such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal, neonatal and child health, nutrition, tuberculosis, and water, sanitation and hygiene; bringing its total development aid to about USD four billion a year since 2014.