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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. 

  • No Woman Should Die while Giving Life: Safe motherhood month calls for zero home deliveries Every year, the month January, is marked as safe motherhood month to advocate and mobilize resources for increasing access to quality maternal health services. This year’s theme “No woman should die while giving life” raises awareness on preventable maternal and infant mortality in Ethiopia and advocates for increased deliveries at health facilities. A number of events are taking place throughout January to draw the attention of all Ethiopians to the importance of healthy pregnancy and motherhood. In Addis Ababa, more…
  • Somali Region Intensifies HIV Prevention Efforts The fourth Ethiopian HIV/AIDS Prevention Summit, held in Jigjiga, capital of the Somali Regional state of Ethiopia, 29-30 December 2014, drew attention to the concerning rise in HIV prevalence in the region. HIV prevalence has increased to 1,1% in 2014 from 0,7% in 2011. The national HIV/AIDS prevention summit called for intensified HIV response efforts in the region and the entire country. The meeting brought together around 300 participants to share experiences, best practices and innovations to help curb the HIV/AIDS…
  • Tuberculosis Programme Managers' Capacity Strengthened through WHO Training Course A WHO training course fortuberculosis (TB) control programme managers organized by the World Health Organization Ethiopia Country Office and the Federal Ministry of Health took place during 24 November to 5 December at the ALERT Training Center in Addis Ababa.The objective of the training course was to further develop the necessary skills to plan, implement and evaluate a TB Control Programme in the MDS/XDR era, based on the WHO-recommended strategy, with a special focus towards the new post-2015 global TB Control…
  • New Guinea Worm Case Confirmed in Ethiopia A new Dracunculiasis (commonly known as Guinea Worm Disease) case has been confirmed in Ethiopia. The third case of 2014 was reported on 2 December from Gog district in Gambella Region, southwest Ethiopia. Aggressive interventions, such as abating of ponds, were immediately taken to prevent other villagers from getting the disease.Ethiopia is one of the four Guinea Worm endemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, and South Sudan). Since the inception of the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Programme (EDEP) by the Federal Ministry…
  • Ebola Preparedness Continues in Ethiopia The ongoing epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa poses considerable risk to currently unaffected countries, including Ethiopia. To support currently unaffected countries with strengthening their preparedness for an introduction of EVD, WHO and partners are accelerating Ebola preparedness activities, such as the development of a preparedness checklist outlining the key components and tasks of an Ebola response. Addis Abba is an important regional hub with a high number of diplomatic missions in the country (the largest in Africa)…

This month's events

26-30 January 2015: Measles National and Sub-national Laboratory Technical Capacity Building Training, Addis Ababa

Contact: Dr Aysheshem Ademe Tegegne,  aysheshema@who.int

26-27 January 2015: Tobacco Taxation and Tobacco Cessation Training, Addis Ababa
Contact: Mr Wassihun Melaku Belay, Health Promotion Officer, belayw@who.int

26 January – 3 February 2015: Annual Regional Green Light Committee Monitoring Mission to the Ethiopian Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, Addis Ababa
Contact: Dr Kassa Hailu, Tuberculosis Programme Officer,  ketemak@who.int