The Ethiopian government has made tremendous progress in increasing access to contraceptives and improving maternal health. Through its innovative Health Extension Program (HEP), community health workers are formally trained and employed as full-time government workers. This investment has helped to serve hard -to-reach areas of the country. Despite strong political will and innovative support through the HEP program, major challenges are still holding back universal access to family planning and reproductive health services.
Ethiopia has the second largest population in Africa with 90 million people, and this figure is projected to double by 2050 if no interventions are made to address this issue. According to a report by the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, adolescent girls in Ethiopia particularly need access to reproductive health information and services, and interventions that prevent child marriage.
A team of staff from the CSIS Global Health Policy Center visited Ethiopia earlier this year and made a short film about the progress made in advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights in order to influence U.S. global health policy discussions. The video highlights family planning as an essential component of Ethiopia’s progress.
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