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  • No Child Left Behind – Task Force on Immunization Urges the African Region to Strengthen Routine Immunization Systems ADDIS ABABA | 3 June - The Task Force on Immunization (TFI) met in Ethiopia from 30 June to 1 July to review the progress made in improving immunization in the African region and to strategize for the future. The TFI is the principal technical advisory group to the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) on overall regional policies and strategies related to vaccines and immunization. The two day meeting was attended by several Global EPI partners…
  • WHO Lauds US-Ethiopia Collaboration for Implementation of the International Health Regulation The World Health Organization lauds the initiative of the Government of the United States of America to strengthen their partnership with the Government of Ethiopia towards enhanced implementation of the International Health Regulation (IHR) side by side with achieving the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). A meeting between the Government of Ethiopia and the US Government regarding the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was held on 17 June 2015.  Opening the meeting, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia Ms Patricia M. Haslach, confirmed…
  • WHO Ethiopia Supports Gambella Region to Stay a Step Ahead of Impending Health Threats in the Rainy Season The rainy season brings with it the promise of better harvest, greener plains and valleys and abundance of feeds for cattle to produce highly nutritious milk and meat products. It also at the same time poses health threats in the form of possible disease outbreaks like Malaria and Acute Watery Diarrhea that could result from poodles of stagnant water, poor sanitary and hygiene conditions and impending floods. This is particularly true for the South Sudanese refugees and the surrounding host…
  • Ethiopia Successfully Interrupts Wild Polio Virus Transmission The external assessment team that conducted the final Polio outbreak assessment in Ethiopia on 8-12 June 2015 confirmed that Ethiopia has successfully interrupted polio transmission. This encouraging conclusion was received nearly two years after the outbreak was confirmed in the Horn of Africa and outbreak activities initiated to respond to and interrupt Polio transmission. The assessment team, composed of experts from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Rotary International, USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), CORE Group, UNICEF,…
  • International Day of the Midwife in Ethiopia - a day for honoring midwives and strengthening partnership The International Day of the Midwife was celebrated globally on 5 May 2015 and commemorated in Ethiopia on 7 May 2015 with the theme, “Midwives for a better tomorrow.” With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) coming to an end in September 2015, this is indeed a special year to highlight the role of midwives in the achievement of MDG 4 and in the progress towards the achievement of MDG 5 in Ethiopia. The recognition of midwives this year is key…

This month's events

13-16 July 2015: International Conference on Financing for Development, the UN Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

17-20 July 2015: Human Resources for Health Forum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (to be confirmed).