A Decade of Determination and Dedication: Improving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Ethiopia
Ethiopia has made tremendous progress in providing health services to its large (87 million), and largely rural (83%), population. This is reflected in significant improvements in many maternal and child health indicators over the past ten years, including roughly a halving of infant and under-five mortality and an almost five-fold increase in the modern method contraceptive prevalence rate. At the heart of this expansion and its success is the health worker. Over the last ten years, IntraHealth International’s global experience and expertise in health workforce strengthening and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) has played a role—along with many other partners—in helping the Government of Ethiopia to strengthen its health system to improve the quality and accessibility of MNCH services. This partnership highlights the power of a collaborative and comprehensive approach between governments and international nongovernmental organizations in achieving health and development goals.