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  • Ethiopia commemorates World Hepatitis day Ethiopia commemorates the World Hepatitis Day for the third time under the theme “prevent and act now” by expressing strong commitment to fight the viral Hepatitis disease that affects millions of its people.  The commemoration took place on 28 July 2015 at Saint Paul Hospital. A recent expert estimate shows that nearly 10 million Ethiopians are living with viral Hepatitis and many more are becoming newly affected. WHO Communicable Diseases Team leader, Dr Esther Aceng, noted that viral Hepatitis is…
  • Ethiopia and Development Partners Sign Joint Financing Arrangement for Health Ethiopia's Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and development partners signed a Joint Financial Arrangement (JFA) on 15 July 2015 to commit resources to a pooled funding mechanism for health. The signing ceremony took place at the side-lines of the Third Financing for Development (FFD3) conference in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia was one of the first countries to sign a national International Health Partnership (IHP) compact in 2008 to improve aid effectiveness in the health sector. A year later, the Government signed…
  • Ethiopia Launches 10-Year Strategy and Plan of Action to Increase Access to Medicines by Transforming Local Pharmaceutical Industry ADDIS ABABA | 15 July 2015 - On 14 July 2015, His Excellency, Mr Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, launched an ambitious 10-year national strategy and plan of action to develop local pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity in order to increase access to locally manufactured, quality-assured, medicines. The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the European Union Commission and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provided technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia in the development of this strategy, the first of…
  • Sustaining Achievements in Polio Eradication in Ethiopia and Africa ADDIS ABABA | 14 July 2015 - Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr Kesetebirhan Admasu, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Margaret Chan, The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Chief Executive Officer Dr Seth Berkley and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Ms Yoka Brandt participated in a high level polio vaccination event at Selam Health Centre in Addis Ababa. Also present at the event were UNAIDS Executive Director Mr Michel Sidibe, US Ambassador Ms Patricia M. Haslach, Brazil Ambassador…
  • Making Ethiopian people healthier through the MDGs Achieving MDG targets for better health in Ethiopia Fifteen years ago the world united around a common agenda to tackle poverty. This agenda is what we know as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); it committed global leadership to a new partnership to reduce extreme poverty and set out a series of time-bound targets with a deadline of 2015. As the MDG end date approaches, it is time to reflect in what was achieved during the past years spent on pursuing…

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).