Our work in Ethiopia

Drawing water from a pump

Lack of access to safe water, bad sanitation and inadequate health care mean that in Ethiopia preventable illnesses too often prove fatal.

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.

Amref Health Africa is:

  • 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.

Statistics compiled from UNDP, UNAID and WHO data.



Life expectancy:


Child mortality:


Maternal mortality:


Number of nurses per 10,000 population:


Number of doctors per 10,000 population:



Donate to Amref today

We think it’s an outrage that millions of people living in Africa don’t have access to basic health care and are dying from easily preventable diseases.

Your gift to Amref Health Africa could help change this by bringing health care closer to those who need it most.

Please donate today securely online by clicking here.