Over the past two decades, Ethiopia has made significant advances in health and development. Improved access to voluntary family planning has led to a significant increase in the number of Ethiopian women using contraception and a drop in under-five and maternal mortality rates. At the same time, Ethiopia’s efforts to expand coverage of HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment have resulted in a decrease of HIV prevalence and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by more than 80 percent.
Yet, despite significant improvements in access to key health services, Ethiopia faces a growing need for health sector resources at a time when development partners are scaling back their funding. To protect and further advance the gains that the country has made, especially in maternal and child survival and the response to HIV and other communicable diseases, Ethiopia will need to find new ways to domestically support its health sector and the continued expansion and improvement of health services.
What We Do
HP+ supports the government of Ethiopia to become financially self-reliant by developing and implementing strategies to achieve sustainable, long-term financing for priority health services as part of the country’s larger effort to achieve universal health coverage. Specifically, HP+ is:
- Working with the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office and Ministry of Health to develop new strategies for achieving sustainable, long-term financing for HIV and family planning programs
- Supporting federal agencies to develop the country’s first-ever HIV Domestic Resource Mobilization and Sustainability Strategy
- Supporting advocacy efforts to promote a conducive policy environment and ensure fiscal transparency and accountability
- Exploring pathways to ensure that subsidized health services and commodities are targeted to those who face the greatest financial barriers to accessing them by leveraging private sector engagement in health service provision