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May 2, 2024 (FBC) – Ethiopia’s Minister of Health Dr. Mekdes Daba and USAID Deputy Mission Director Eleanor TanPiengco inaugurated the USAID Lowlands Health Activity, a five-year, $35 million initiative aimed at improving health and nutrition outcomes for mothers and children in the pastoral regions of Ethiopia, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa disclosed today.

Feb 23, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 23, 2024 (FBC) – Addis Ababa, February 23/2024(ENA) The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated 3-million-USD worth TB diagnostic machines to Ethiopia.

USAID Mission Director in Ethiopia, Scott Hocklander, handed over the GeneXpert TB Machines to Health State Minister Dereje Duguma today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mission Director Hocklander said the US government will step up its support to make Ethiopia’s activities in the health sector to become successful.

Accordingly, USAID has donated today 156 Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic machines that strengthen the TB diagnosis capability of the nation.

Feb 21, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 21, 2024 (FBC) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat has laid a cornerstone for the construction of state-of-the-art laboratory complex in Bishoftu town of Ethiopia at AU’s Pan Veterinary Vaccine Centre (AU-PANVAC).

It was indicated during ground-breaking ceremony held today that the laboratory will be constructed for 56 million USD on 3.9 hectares of land within three years.

The event is a pivotal moment in AU-PANVAC’s journey as it embarks on the construction of a New Laboratory Complex, with the full support of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (US-DTRA), according to a statement issued by AU.

Feb 11, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 11, 2024 (FBC) – An ultrasound assembly plant, the first of its kind in Africa, has been inaugurated in Ethiopia today, the Ministry of Health confirmed.

The plant is said to be a collaborative project between ElsMed Healthcare Solutions of Israel, Siemens Healthineers of Germany, and the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. It is stated that the project is great example of strong public-private cooperation between the aforementioned trio of entities.

This groundbreaking ultrasound assembly plant has been touted as the fruit of strong international partnerships and proves that Israeli companies are continuing to push the Israel-Ethiopia relationship a notch higher through innovation, including in the health sector.

Feb 08, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 8, 2024 (FBC) – Team Europe delegation, led by Caroline Gennez, Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium and Stella Kyriakides, EU Commissioner of Health & Food Security, including Ministers, Ambassadors and high-level delegates from ten member states, visited the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) yesterday.

The meeting and visit was joined by Jean Kaseya, Director-General of Africa CDC, and WHO –World Health Organization colleagues from the Geneva HQ and the country office in Ethiopia.

Feb 06, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 5, 2024 (FBC) – Ethiopia’s Minister of Health Lia Taddese disclosed that she had a diacuasion with Amprou Anne-Claire to discuss areas of cooperation in health sector.

Lia Taddese via a social media post stated that their discussion focused on health workforce development, local pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing.

Furthermore, they alsi deliberated on pandemic preparedness including the accord.

The Ethiopian health minister added that her country looks forward to a stronger collaboration in these areas with France.

Feb 02, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 2, 2024 (FBC) – The medical team from the Republic of Korea rendered free medical service to six children suffering from congenital heart disease at the Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital.

Comprising 15 members, the Korean medical contingent was stationed at the hospital, dedicating a span of five days to administer care to children with congenital heart diseases (CHDs).

Abebe Bezabh (MD), cardiothoracic surgeon at the hospital and head of the team, said that the Korean medical team provided surgical services that were beyond the expertise of local professionals.

Jan 29, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 29, 2024 (FBC) – Health Minister, Lia Tadesse launched the ShieldVax Enterprise project at the Kilinto Industrial Park today.

During the launching ceremony, Minister Lia said that this is the tangible manifestation of the government of Ethiopia to ensure health for all, ENA reported.

According to Lia, ShieldVax enterprise is not confined only to local market but also with a great potential to reach the global market.

ShieldVax, which is one Ethiopia’s public enterprises, will be pivotal in vaccine production in the region and the continent at large.

Jan 04,  2024

Addis Ababa, January 4, 2024 (FBC) – Minister of Health, Lia Taddese, held a discussion with Ambassador of Türkiye to Ethiopia, Berk Baran, on ways of advancing future cooperation in health sector.

It is indicated that their discussion focused on future cooperation, mainly on health and pharmaceutical investments.

Dec 22, ,  2023

Addis Ababa, December 22, 2023 (FBC) – The Ethiopian Health Minister, Dr. Lia Tadesse received at her office the Russian delegation led by the Head of the Federal Agency for Minerals Resources of the Russian Federation, Evgeny Petrov (PhD).

The two sides discussed, among others, the 100 years service being offered by the Dejazmach Balcha Hospital of the Russian Red Cross in Addis Ababa and the activities to be undertaken to transform the institution.

Dr. Lia stressed the need to equip Dejazmach Balcha Hospital with advanced medical technologies and modern infrastructures to enhance quality of services in the institution.

Sept 27,  2023

Addis Ababa, November 27, 2023 (FBC) – Russia will help Ethiopia improve its epidemic preparedness capacity, Russian health agency Rospotrebnadzor says.

A delegation of the Russian Health Agency discussed with officials of the Ethiopian Health Ministry on potential areas of cooperation.

The delegation stated that Russia will also assist Ethiopia in the development of laboratories. Moreover, the two countries agreed to conduct joint scientific research, according to Rospotrebnadzor.

Meet the Minister

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H E DR Mekdes Dabba

Minister of Health (MOH)

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Overview of the Ministry of Health

    Health Sector Development Programme (HSDP) (2010/11-2014/15) gives an overview of the performance of the health sector in the Ethiopian Fiscal Year (EFY) 2006(2013/2014), examining the progress made, the efforts that are underway and the challenges faced by the sector in the promotion of health, and in the implementation, financing and governance of health services.

    As in previous years, the development process of the Annual Performance Report for EFY 2006 was widely consultative, involving Regional Health Bureaus (RHB), the various Directorates of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), and agencies accountable to the FMOH as well as Development Partners (DP).

Ministry of Health

Millennium Development Goals at a glance

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Reaching the health MDGs implies a dramatic expansion of key services, and the implementation of mechanisms to increase demand for and use of those services, particularly the rural populations, the poor, and among them women and children. Priorities are listed below as 6 steps progressively allowing the upgrade of health services, strengthening both supply of services and demand for preventative and curative care.

Ministry of Health

Programs and Projects

Ethiopia experiences a heavy burden of diseases with a growing prevalence of communicable infections. Many Ethiopians face high morbidity and mortality largely attributed to potentially preventable infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies.

In response to such prevailing and newly emerging health problems, the Ethiopian Government-developed a 20-year rolling Health Sector Development Program (HSDP) in 1997/98 (1990 EFY), which proposes long-term goals for the health sector, and the means to attain them through a series of phases.

HSDP aims to develop a health system, which provides comprehensive and integrated primary care services, primarily based at community level health facilities. It focuses on communicable and noncommunicable disease prevention and control, common nutritional disorders, environmental health and hygiene, reproductive health care, maternal and child health, immunization and the treatment and control of basic infectious diseases like upper respiratory tract infections. It also focuses on health care administrative issues such as establishing quality health care, human resource management and financial resource mobilization.

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