Ethiopia WHO Country Office


The mission of the WHO Ethiopia Country Office is to promote the attainment of the highest sustainable level of health by all people living in Ethiopia through collaboration with the government and other partners in health development and the provision of technical and logistic support to country programmes. 

  • WHO urges governments to increase investment to tackle neglected tropical diseases 19 FEBRUARY 2015. GENEVA/LONDON/ADDIS ABABA – TheWorld Health Organization (WHO) urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1% of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low and middle income countries for the period 2015-2030.Neglected tropical diseases cause blindness, disfigurement, permanent disability and death, particularly among the poor. WHO’s new report, Investing to Overcome the Impact of…
  • Drop by drop closer to polio-free Ethiopia   Jigjiga/Wardher, 9 February 2015 - A pledge of commitment for a polio-free Ethiopia was made on 8 February 2015 in Jigjiga and Warher at the launch of the polio national immunization days (NIDs) in Somali Regional State. Ethiopia has been polio free since 5 January 2014, but the risk of polio cases in Horn of Africa prevails. The campaign running until 11 February 2015 aims to reach over one million children under the age of five in the region."Despite…
  • African First Ladies Unite to End Polio The African Union First Ladies made a call for action on 31 January 2015 for continent-wide efforts, leadership and political commitment to kick polio out of Africa. The First Ladies agreed to advocate for a polio-free Africa as a top priority for their governments in 2015 at an event jointly organized by the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (WHO, Rotary, CDC and UNICEF) at the African…
  • WHO and Partners Come Together to Reinforce Ebola Preparedness in High Risk Countries The evolving Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak highlights the risk of cases being imported into unaffected countries. WHO’s preparedness activities aim to ensure that all countries are ready to effectively and safely detect, investigate and report potential EVD cases, and to mount an effective response. Ethiopia is among the high priority countries for WHO and partners’ support due to the volume of travellers arriving to and transiting in Addis Ababa every day. A consultative meeting between WHO and partners on EVD…
  • Using Data to Save Lives Every day, approximately 35 women die in Ethiopia from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Although maternal deaths have declined by 70% in Ethiopia between 1990 and 2013, maternal mortality remains unacceptably high and more efforts are needed to meet the Millennium Development Goal 5 target of 267 per 100,000 live births. Access to antenatal care in pregnancy, skilled care during childbirth, and care and support in the weeks after childbirth are what makes the difference between life and…

This month's events

6-9 February 2015 - Second round of polio national immunization days (NIDs), all regions of Ethiopia
Contact: Dr Kathleen Gallagher, Expanded Programme on Immunization; Email: gallagherk@who.int

8-9 February 2015 - Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) annual conference, Addis Ababa
Contact: Dr Luwam Teshome, Maternal Health, Family Planning and Peproductive Health; Email: teshomel@who.int

11 February 2015 - World Cancer Day commemoration and launch of the national noncommunicable diseases strategy, Addis Ababa
Contact: Dr Israel Gebresillassie, Disease Prevention and Control; gebresillassiei@who.int

19 February 2015 - Simultaneous launch of the third WHO report on neglected tropical diseases, Addis Ababa/ London
Contact: Ms Viivi Erkkila, Communication, Partnership and Resource Mobilization; Email: erkkilav@who.int