April 12, 2012
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will devote 60 million US dollars to build or renovate 65 health centers around Ethiopia over the next five years, a press statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa said.
According to the statement sent to ENA on Wednesday, the Agency will devote the assistance through its Ethiopian Health Infrastructure Program (EHIP) which launched on Tuesday at a groundbreaking ceremony in Jaradado, South Ethiopia Peoples’ State.
According to the statement, the Program will reach people in South Ethiopia, Amhara, Oromia and Tigray states as well as Addis Ababa City.
The project supports Ethiopia’s Accelerated Expansion of Primary Health Service Coverage program which aims to increase the number of health centers around the country in order to have one health center for 25,000 people.
The new and renovated facilities will bring quality services closer to homes in a bid to combat major health threats in Ethiopia such as HIV/AIDS and maternal and child mortality.
Speaking on the launching of the program, USAID Ethiopia Mission Director, Thomas Stall commended the Ministry of Health for Ethiopia’s leadership in developing and implementing policy and programs to support health system strengthening and infrastructure development.
The director reaffirmed the U.S. Government’s continued support to Ethiopia’s health sector, the statement said.
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