The quality of health care in Ethiopia is extremely low. Health centres also suffer from regular shortages of medicines and laboratory equipment. The rural nature of much of the population means that is it especially difficult to deliver health care to hard-to-reach groups.
However, there are signs of improvement. Ethiopia is one of the few countries to have recognised the importance of community health workers. Health Extension Workers, who are employed by the government, provide their communities with vital basic health care and education.
HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and waterborne diseases are undermining the Ethiopian workforce, keeping people from earning and lowering productivity levels as a result.
- Training health workers among the nomadic pastoralist groups in South Omo and providing mobile health clinics along migratory routes.
- Reducing malaria in the remote region of Afar, through the distribution of 90,000 mosquito nets at household level, and community education sessions
- Reducing waterborne diseases in Kechene slum through the provision of clean water, showers and toilets.