As Ethiopia goes through major political changes, we have continued to support the Wolisso Hospital, sending expat and local personnel, pharmaceutical aid and implementing renovation projects. In the South Omo Zone, we continued to work on maternal and child health and the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B. In the Gambella Region we also continued our action to reduce inequality in access to health services, especially for mothers and children. We also strengthened our work for South Sudanese refugees in the Nguenyyiel camp to improve infrastructure, equipment, staff training, and the reference system. We also solidified the partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health through two projects: one to develop national guidelines for neonatal intensive care and the other to improve diabetic services in 15 national hospitals.
First doctor sent to the Gambo leper colony.
Agreement signed with the Ethiopian Bishops’ Conference to build St. Luke’s Hospital of Wolisso with an attached school for midwives and nurses.
Started “Mothers and Children First” program to ensure access to safe birth and newborn care in four African countries.
Start of intervention in South Omo.
Start of “Mothers and Children, First 1,000 Days” program, from pregnancy through the first two years of the child’s life.
Start of intervention in the Gambella region, including support for South Sudanese refugees.
Strengthened partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, launching two technical assistance projects.