Five global organization grants $36 million to Ethiopia

The $36 million budget is to make family planning services accessible in Ethiopia in the next three years.

According to ministry of Health,
22 percent of women do not have access to family planning services in Ethiopia.

The grant signing program was held in Addis Ababa between Ethiopia Minister of Health, state ministry of Finance Eyob Tekalign, USAID, Bill and Melinda Gets foundation and other global organizations.

Dr. Lia Tadese, Ministry of Health said that, one of the obstacles to strengthening access to family planning services is the cost is mostly covered by donors, and the support received from donors is decreasing.

Also, the minister pointed out that there is a lack of budget needed for resources due to global inflation, in order to overcome the problem and prevent the supply from being interrupted.

In addition, she stated that, family planning saves the lives of mothers and children.

The $36 million grant agreement was allocated from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Befit Foundation (STBF), the American Development Agency (USAID) , the Packard Foundation (DLPF) and the Dutch government. (EKN) signed as part of the agreement to provide the next budget.

The Coalition of Reproductive Health Associations (CORHA) was also present on behalf of civil society at the grant signing ceremony.


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