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UNFPA says youth energy, wisdom and innovation critical to HIV response
Young people will be key to the global response to HIV and AIDS provided their inherent and indivisible human rights as individual are respected and they are engaged in genuine respectable and dignified dialogue in decision-making mechanisms. table then we will continue to see our silence(...)
Meeting deliberated on scaling-up action on achieving MDG 5 in ten countries with high burden of maternal mortality
A three-day workshop deliberating on scaling-up action in ten countries with high burden of maternal mortality kicked off today.
UNFPA Executive Director coveys message for World Population Day
UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, conveyed a message in connection with the World Population Day which is being observed today.
Campaign to eliminate fistula in Ethiopia launched
A five-year campaign to eliminate obstetric fistula was launched at the "National Conference on Obstetric Fistula by 2020" event held today. The event was held under the theme "Ending Fistula, Transforming Lives."
UNFPA signs Annual Work Plans with Government
UNFPA and five other UN Agencies today signed with the Government of Ethiopia the Annual Work Plans (AWPs) of the Regions for the coming Ethiopian Fiscal Year.  The AWPs were signed in the framework of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
UNFPA Representative accompanies Minister to health facilities in SNNPR
The UNFPA Country Representative, Mr. Faustin Yao, commended the synergy between the different tiers of the primary health unit in the health system in delivering results and improving the health seeking behavior of communities.
Grant agreement signed on Phase II of UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme
A grant agreement was signed today between the Royal Norwegian Embassy, UNFPA, and UNICEF on Phase II of the Joint Programme on Adolescent and Youth Development in Ethiopia. The Royal Norwegian Embassy gave a total grant of USD 17.4 million for the implementation of the Joint UNFPA-UNICEF(...)
State of the World’s Midwifery launched
When trained and supported by a functional health system, midwives could provide 87 per cent of the essential care needed for women and newborns, and could potentially reduce maternal and newborn deaths by two thirds. This was among the findings of the State of the World's Midwifery: A(...)
Campaign to end child marriage in Africa launched
An Africa-wide campaign against child marriage in African was launched today.  The campaign was launched during the Fourth Conference of African Ministers of Social Development held at the premises of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa under the theme "Strengthening the African(...)
Statement on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA
The theme of this year's International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, "Tracking Fistula - Transforming Lives," reflects an important step forward in eradicating this preventable condition, which affects an estimated two million women and girls in developing countries.
Statement by the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on Providing support for the Chibok Girls and their Families
As I have stated before, I was shocked and appalled by the abduction of 276 young girls in Chibok, in the north of Nigeria, from the safety of their school.
Joint Press conference discloses Ethiopia on track to achieve MDG5
At a joint press conference held today by the Minister of Health and UNFPA Country Representative, it was disclosed that Ethiopia was on track to achieve the target of reducing maternal mortality ratio of MDG5 by three-fourths in 2015.
IDM 2014 Celebrated
The International Day of the Midwife (IDM) was celebrated at Gondar University today. The event which was commemorated under the theme "Midwives: changing the world one family at a time," added color to the 60th Anniversary of the University which is being observed in the course of this year.
UNFPA Representative visits fistula center
UNFPA's Country Representative, Mr. Faustin Yao, paid a visit to the International Fistula Care and Training Center at Gondar University today.  The center which has a 70 bed capacity was established three years ago.
Workshop dwells on human rights based approach on SRHR
A three-day capacity building workshop which aims at strengthening the integration of Human Rights into UNFPA's work on sexual and reproductive health and rights was opened today here in Addis Ababa. The workshop also dwells on existing and potential social accountability mechanisms and tools.
Consultative workshop held on supply chain management
A two day consultative workshop on strengthening human resources capacity in supply management was opened today here in Addis Ababa. The workshop was organized by UNFPA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Addis Ababa University with the goal of assessing the need and(...)
UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Boost Family Planning in Developing Countries
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding to help increase access to family planning information, contraceptives and services in developing countries, particularly for young people.
Urgent appeal: South Sudanese people need help
An estimated $25 million is urgently needed to provide adequate reproductive health services and to help prevent and respond to gender-based violence affecting South Sudanese women and young people who have been displaced by the conflict. Read more
Debate held on progress made on ICPD
Heads of State, dignitaries and other leaders participated in a high-level debate at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, addressing the central role of human rights, dignity, equality and health to sustainable development.
High level meeting discusses on mapping a sustainable development agenda
Twenty years ago in Cairo, the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) articulated a bold new vision that recognized the human rights of women and young people, including their reproductive health and rights, as cornerstones of(...)
The world has seen progress since the 1994 Cairo conference – but not enough
Twenty years ago, the international community gathered in Cairo, Egypt, to explore how the world was changing and how those changes were affecting the most vulnerable.
Opening remarks of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director at the Opening of 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development
"The ICPD Programme of Action changed forever how we perceive population and development. It moved population policies and programmes from a focus on numbers to a focus on individuals - women and men, girls and boys. And in so doing, it ensured that our collective goals included all people(...)
UNFPA provides support to South Sudanese refugees
UNFPA provided emergency reproductive health drugs, equipment and supplies in support of refugees who entered Ethiopia after the recent eruption of conflicts in South Sudan.
UNFPA says political participation key for women’s empowerment
At an event organized today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to celebrate the International Women's Day, Mr. Faustin Yao, Country Representative of UNFPA said that despite making half of the world's population, women's participation in political and public life remained marginal. "Women's(...)
Spouses of African Ambassadors discuss FGM/C
The spouses of African Ambassadors based in Addis Ababa today held a meeting at the premises of the African Union to conduct an extended observance of the International Women's Day. They dwelled at length on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C).
Minister says Ethiopia to eliminate fistula in 5 years
The Minister of Health of Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Kesetebrhan Admasu, vowed that Ethiopia was set to eliminate obstetric fistula in the coming five years. He underlined that the country would also address the backlog of fistula cases.
UNFPA and World Bank Group discus on empowering women and youth
As the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women opened in New York on March 10, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the World Bank Group convened a high-level side event to focus efforts on a landmark partnership to promote regional peace, security and development in(...)
Women First Run 2014 conducted
The 11th edition of Women First Run, the all-woman annual 5 km race, was colorfully conducted today. Around ten thousand women participated in the run.
UNFPA Executive Director delivers statement for International Women's Day
The Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, delivered a statement in connection with the commemoration of the International Women's Day or March 8. The day will be observed this year with the theme "Equality for Women is Progress for All."
UNFPA External Relations Director visits interventions
The Director of the Information and External Relations Division (IERD) of the UNFPA, Dianne Stewart, today paid a visit to the Assela Hospital in the Oromiya Regional State of Ethiopia to see interventions on improving maternal health. UNFPA is supporting a fistula center at the hospital which(...)
UNFPA hands-over books and equipment to Mekele University
Books and equipment purchased by UNFPA in support of the Department of Midwifery Training programme at Mekele University were handed over by Mr. Faustin Yao, UNFPA Country Representative, to the Dean of College of Health Sciences. The department got a total of 85,000 USD in the form of books(...)
Executive Director makes statement at the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin, addressed a session of the 5th meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. His speech highlighted that young girls are the face of the future, and women and girls should be able to make choices about their lives in order(...)
International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM being observed
The International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM is being observed across the world today. The Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, has delivered a statement in connection with the day.
First Phase of FGM/C Programme in the Afar Region winds up with success
The first phase of the Joint UNFPA-UNICEF Programme on the Accelerated Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) was officially concluded today at a workshop held in Awash.
SWOP 2013 launched
The State of World Population (SWOP) 2013 was launched at a high level event organized in the Amhara Region in connection with the convening of the first assembly of the Region's Population Council.
African Statistics Day commemorated
The African Statistics Day was commemorated today in a half day event jointly organized by the Central Statistical Agency and UNFPA.The event was observed under the theme Data Quality to Support African Progress.
Joint Government-UFPA Review Meeting held
A one day Government-UNFPA Joint Programme Performance Review meeting was conducted today. The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED).
Statement by UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela
It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of former South African President and anti-apartheid stalwart, Nelson Mandela.  The world has lost a true statesman, a leader and a pragmatic visionary.
UNFPA organizes dialogue forum with Faith-based Organizations on GBV
A two-day dialogue forum is underway on the role of religious institutions on the prevention of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and its impact on women's and girls' health. The dialogue forum is jointly organized by the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia, UNFPA, the Norwegian Embassy and(...)
UNFPA launches UNiTE Campaign together with partners
The Africa UNiTE Campaign to end violence against women and girls in Ethiopia was launched as part of the commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the national theme "Let us end violence against women and girls through coordinated involvement of(...)
Conference ends calling for inclusion of family planning in the post-2015 development agenda
The 3rd International Conference on Family Planning - dubbed as the largest conference ever on family planning - came to a close today.
UNFPA signs partnership agreement on maternal health
UNFPA, together UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, and WHO (through the UNH4+ grouping comprising of the five agencies) today signed agreement with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Government of Sweden (SIDA) on the work plan of a joint project on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in(...)
Family planning services need to target young girls
More than 7 million girls around the world get pregnant every year due to lack of access to youth friendly family planning services, Dr.Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, noted.
International Day of Girl Child commemorated
The International Day of the Girl Child was commemorated here in Ethiopia today with a national theme "Promoting Girls' Education by Eradicating Harmful Traditional Practices."
UNFPA Executive Director throws a challenge to the Youth and CSOs
Young people and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from different African countries participating at the ongoing ICPD Beyond 2014 African Regional Conference on Population and Development noted in their discussion today with Dr. Babatunde Osotinehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, that(...)
Deputy Executive Director lauds operations of a safe house
Ms. Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA, appreciated the operations of a safe house in Addis Ababa which is providing comprehensive services for women and children survivors of violence.
Youth Pre-event on the ICPD Beyond 2014 African Regional Conference winds up with recommendations
The Youth Pre-event of the ICPD Beyond 2014 African Regional Conference on Population and Development which has been in session for two days between 24 and 25 September wound up adopting various recommendations.
Ethiopia launches alliance to end child marriage
A National Alliance to End Child Marriage was launched today in an effort to strengthen the collaboration of stakeholders on addressing the devastating effects of this harmful practice on girls. The national alliance will be led by the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs.
UNFPA wins prize for outstanding support
The 9th Annual National Conference of the Ethiopian Association of Anesthetists today awarded UNFPA with a prize for its outstanding contribution for the development of the profession of anesthesia in Ethiopia.
First Lady calls for massive mobilization to reduce maternal and newborn mortality
The First Lady of Ethiopia, H.E. Roman Tesfaye, underlined the need to undertake a massive mobilization in the bid to reduce the very high maternal and newborn mortality in the country.
Church and UN agree to strengthen partnership
A meeting between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the UN Country Team came to a conclusion today agreeing to strengthen partnership on key areas of development and humanitarian issues.
Campaign undertaken to treat women with uterine prolapse
A team of obstetricians and gynecologists whose costs were covered by UNFPA travelled to the Benishangul-Gumuz Region in western Ethiopia on a one week campaign to undertake treatment on women suffering from uterine prolapse.
Meeting calls for concerted effort to address youth migration
A half day meeting UNFPA organized together with various partners to mark the International Youth Day highlighted the need to put in a concerted effort to address challenges associated with youth migration. The International Youth Day was celebrated under a national theme Stopping Youth(...)
World Population Day 2013 commemorated
An event hosted by the State Minister of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development was organized in Addis Ababa on July 16 to commemorate the World Population where senior officials of the Government and representatives of donors, UN agencies, diplomatic missions and development partners(...)
Meeting discusses importance of civil registration and vital statistics
The 22nd Annual Conference of the Ethiopian Statistical Association held on June 29th dwelled at length on the importance of civil registration and vital statistics system put in place in Ethiopia. The meeting was held under the theme "Generating vital statistics from civil registration(...)
International Day of Obstetric Fistula commemorated
The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula was celebrated on June 7th at the Gondar University International Fistula Care and Training Center.
Danish Mission visits Joint Programme on FGM/C in Afar Region
The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Accelerated Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) being implemented in the Afar Region was visited by a three-member mission drawn from the two agencies.
Women First Run colorfully conducted
The 10th edition of the 5km all-woman race, the Women First Run, was colorfully conducted on March 10.
African Leaders Recommit to CARMMA
More than 30 African Heads of State and Government reaffirmed their commitment to improve maternal health in their countries at a High Level Event on the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) held at the 20th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit on January 27th.
Deputy Executive Director visits GBV programme
Ms. Kate Gilmore, UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, paid a visit on January 26 to the gender-based violence survivors' shelter run by the Association for Women Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) and supported by UNFPA.
CARMMA Special Event to Engage Heads of State
A Special Event on the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) is taking place on 27 and 28th January at the African Union Summit. Around 20 Heads of are participating at the Special Event. "This is a chance for countries to recommit to the campaign, and(...)
Executive Director takes up CARMMA with Ethiopian Prime Minister
The Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, met and held talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia as part of on-going efforts to build momentum for the Heads of State and Government Special Event on the Campaign on the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in(...)
Athelete Meseret Defar Visits UNFPA
The National Honorary Goodwill Ambassador of UNFPA in Ethiopia, Athlete Meseret Defar, paid a visit to the Country Office today and met with staff.
Adolescent and Youth SRH shines at high level Family Planning meet
A three-day high level National Family Planning Symposium held between 26 and 28 November in Bahir Dar concluded with participants calling on stakeholders to take actions, among others, to reach all sections of adolescents and youth with family planning services in their specific contexts in an(...)
UNFPA launches SWOP 2012
UNFPA launched its flagship report, the State of World Population, today.  The State of World Population 2012 was launched by the State Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Abraham Tekeste.  The theme for State of World Population 2012 is ‘By Choice, Not by Chance(...)
International Day of Disaster Reduction Commemorated
The International Day of Disaster Reduction (IDDR) was observed today at a national conference under the theme "Women and Girls - the (in) Visible force of Resilience".
International Day of the Girl Child Commemorated
Midwives Convened in Ethiopia on an Inter-Regional Workshop
The 4-day Annual UNFPA-ICM Midwifery Programme Review Workshop involving 60 participants from 30 countries from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean started today. The workshop is being held with the purpose of strengthening regulatory measures that will further help in promoting midwifery as a(...)
UNFPA holds high level advocacy workshop
A high level advocacy workshop was held on July 4 involving the Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, United Nations Population Fund and other stakeholders.
Midwives graduate under the Accelerated Midwifery Programme
The Shashemene Health Science College graduated 245 midwives on May 12 as part of the one-year Accelerated Midwifery Programme (AMP) being undertaken by the Federal Ministry of Health. The graduates received their credentials from the hands of H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Health.
UNFPA Coordinates High Level UN Executive Boards visit
A high level delegation of the Executive Boards of six UN agencies concluded a joint field visit to Ethiopia conducted over 10 days between 22 and 31 March. The visit gave members of the delegation an opportunity to learn firsthand how the UN is supporting Ethiopia in achieving its national(...)
Health professionals graduate in an innovative programme to reduce maternal mortality
The first batch of mid-level health professionals being trained in the three-year MSc Programme in Integrated Emergency Surgery and Obstetrics (IESO) graduated on 18 February at a ceremony held at Ayder Hospital in Tigray Region.
Two districts in Afar Region declare abandonment of FGM/C
The Buremudaytu and Argoba districts in the Afar Regional State declared the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) this week at ceremonies held to mark the occasion.
High level advocacy meeting on Stopping Early Marriage conducted
The National Coalition of Women Against AIDS (NCWH) in collaboration with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, organized a half-day high level advocacy meeting today on stopping early marriage.
The World at 7 Billion Campaign wound up
The World at 7 billion campaign has wound up today with the recognition of the 7th Billion baby from Ethiopia at a ceremony held at Gandhi Memorial Hospital. UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, has been undertaking the campaign together with various partners since the commemoration of the World(...)
UNFPA launched State of World Population 2011
The challenges confronting humanity as the world's population reaches 7 billion on 31 October were presented in the State of World Population 2011 Report which was launched on 26 October by UNFPA. The State of World Population 2011 which was launched by the First Lady of the Federal(...)
National Consultation Conference held with Faith Based Organizations
The Inter-religious Council of Ethiopia, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Norwegian Church Aid, held a two-day national consultation conference with Faith-Based Organizations between 19 and 20 September on issues of Maternal Health, Harmful Traditional(...)
UNFPA handed-over vehicles to CSA to support Inter-Censal Survey
UNFPA today handed-over 21 field vehicles to the Central Statistical Agency (CSA). The vehicles worth around 13.6 million Birr were purchased with funds secured from the Department for International Development (DfID) of United Kingdom and will be deployed in the Inter-Censal Survey CSA is(...)
World Population Day commemorated
The World Population Day was celebrated nationally on 11 July with a half-day symposium in Jijiga, capital of the Somali Regional State, in which more than 500 people participated.
High level global conference discusses access to RH supplies
Reproductive health leaders at the highest levels today gathered in Addis Ababa at a global conference to address the need to ensure access to reproductive health supplies.
Executive Director commends project supporting GBV Survivors
The Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, today paid a visit to a center in Addis Ababa sheltering survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV). The visit was intended to provide a firsthand experience on one of UNFPA Ethiopia funded project on GBV.
Executive Director takes part in Panel Discussion on Health Financing
The Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, took part in the High Level Panel Discussion on Health Financing in Africa today. The panel discussion was held under the theme "More Health for Money and More Money for Health."
Women First Run 2011 Conducted
The 7th edition of the annual woman 5km race, the Women First Run, was conducted on 13 March 2011. Mamitu Deska won the race smashing the course record registering the fastest time in the events eight-year history at 15.44.
Messeret Defar Renewed agreement withUNFPA
The National Honorary Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Ethiopia, Athlete Messeret Defar, renewed her agreement of ambassadorship today.
Parliamentary Missions visit UNFPA
Members of Parliaments of the Swedish and Norwegian governments visited and held discussion with the staff of UNFPA Country Office on 25 February and 4 March respectively on programme interventions being undertaken with their funding.
Ministry of Health Signed Agreement with Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition
The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition today signed a cooperation agreement  to work together as partners in the effort to ensure access and use to affordable and high quality reproductive health supplies.
UNFPA Organizes Consultative Workshop on Country Programme Document
A one -day consultative workshop on the proposed UNFPA 7th Country Programme Document (CPD) took place today 14 December with Implementing Partners drawn from sectoral bureaus from the federal and regional governments.
Africa Region Director pays official visit to Ethiopia
The Africa Region Director of UNFPA, Mr. Bunmi Makinwa, met and discussed with the State Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Abraham Tekeste, today on various issues of cooperation between the Ethiopian Government and UNFPA.
Survey on Ethiopian Young Adults Disseminated
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Population Council today organized an event to disseminate a survey titled "Ethiopia Young Adult Survey: A Study in Seven Regions." This population-based survey was conducted in 2009 in urban and rural areas of Addis Ababa, Afar, Amhara(...)
Two woredas in Afar Region declare abandonment of FGM/C
Amibara and Awash Fentale Districts in the Afar Regional State declared on November 11 and 13 respectively the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) at public declaration ceremonies held to mark the occasions.
State of World Population Launched
The State of World Population 2010 report which has the theme "From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change" was officially launched today in Ethiopia at an event organized here in Addis Ababa.
Director of MDG Secretariat Pays Visit to Ethiopia
A delegation of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Secretariat led by the Director, Sophie de Caen, paid a one week visit to Ethiopia. The visit which took place between 28 June and 6 July had the objective of assessing the progress made in the implementation of joint programmes funded by(...)
International Day of Midwives Commemorated
The 18th International Day of Midwives was celebrated in Ethiopia in a two-day event on 23 and 24 July 2010. The event was celebrated under the theme "The world needs midwives now more than ever." This theme will be an overarching theme until the year 2015 as part of an ongoing campaign to(...)
World Population Day Commemorated
The World Population Day was celebrated nationally on 15 July with a half-day symposium in which 400 people participated.  The day also marked the 17th anniversary of the promulgation of the National Population Policy of Ethiopia. The event also served as an occasion to disseminate(...)
Global Programme RHCS Review Meeting Conducted
UNFPA Ethiopia hosted the three-day Progress Review meeting of the Global Programme to enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security between 29 June and 1 July 2010. The meeting was designed to raise technical and financial resources to complement the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)(...)
UNFPA signs two-year Annual Work Plan Agreement with Government
EXCOM agencies including UNFPA as well as other UN agencies signed a two-year Annual Work Plan agreement today with the Government of Ethiopia.
UNFPA Handed-over Equipment to PFSA
UNFPA handed-over equipment and books on April 7 to the Pharmaceutical Fund Supply Agency (PFSA). The equipment which are worth 3.5 million Birr consist of desktops, laptops, data server with accessories, photocopiers, and warehouse equipment and will be used to facilitate data collection.
American Idol's David Cook Travels to Ethiopia to visit adolescent girls' programme
Season 7 winner of AMERICAN IDOL, David Cook, paid a three-day visit to Ethiopia between 29-31March to see the challenges faced by disadvantaged and vulnerable adolescent girls. Cook visited the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) supported Biruh Tesfa (Bright Future) Adolescent Girls(...)
Developmental Bible Manual Launched
The manual of the Developmental Bible - which aims at integrating HIV prevention, reproductive health information, issues of young people and gender in the daily spiritual teachings of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) - was launched today. The manual was launched in the presence of His(...)
Women First Run 2010 Conducted
The 7th edition of the annual event, Women First Run, was conducted on 6 March 2010. Athlete Sule Utura recorded an impressive win in this year's 5 km race breaking last year's course record by more than 13 seconds. Athletes Koreni Jelila and Makida Haruna came in second and(...)
Ethiopia Launched CARMMA
The Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) was launched in Ethiopia today this week as part of the Safe Motherhood Month Campaign which was carried out across the country between January and February.
UNFPA Handed-over Equipment to Amhara Region Sectoral Bureaus
UNFPA handed-over equipment to five Amhara Regional State sectoral bureaus this week.
Safe Motherhood Month Campaign Launched
The "Safe Motherhood Month" Campaign to be observed in Ethiopia between January 9 and February 7 was launched today by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Girma Woldegiorgis.
UNFPA Honoured with Human Rights Award
UNFPA welcomed the human rights award presented on 10 December 2009 by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) to UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. The Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award, established in 1997, is given annually to individuals for(...)
UNFPA organizes event on GBV for high school students
In connection with the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based violence, UNFPA organized a half-day carnival for high school students in Addis Ababa. Around 800 Students drawn from 20 high schools in the city participated in the carnival.
Executive Director Delivers Message on White Ribbon Day
Executive Director of UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, Ms. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid delivered a message in connection with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, other wise called the White Ribbon Day, which is observed all over the world each year on November 25.
UNFPA launches State of World Population 2009
Women bear a disproportionate burden of climate change, but have so far been largely overlooked in the debate about how to address problems of rising seas, droughts, melting glaciers and extreme weather, conclude UNFPA's annual flagship report, The State of World Population 2009(...)
Fourth International Conference of Parliamentarians on Implementation of ICPD/PoA conducted
The Fourth International Conference of Parliamentarians on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action was conducted between 27 and 28 October 2009 in Addis Ababa. Lawmakers from 115 countries reaffirmed their support to the principles and goals of the 1994 Cairo International(...)
High Level Meeting takes place on Maternal Health
Ministers Recommit to full Implementation of ICPD Programme of Action
African ministers responsible for population and development re-committed themselves to fully implement the 20-year Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD PoA) by the time it expires in five years. The ministers expressed their recommitment at(...)
UN Commemorates World Humanitarian Day
UNFPA today commemorated the first World Humanitarian Day with other members of the UN family.  The commemoration took place at the Africa Hall in the UN Economic Commission for Africa. The State Minister for Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector, Dr. Aberra Deressa; and(...)
UNFPA Disseminates Assessment Findings, Handover Ceremony Takes Place
There is just one midwife for every 18,800 women of reproductive age in Ethiopia, and a new capacity gap assessment has found a significant need to improve the quality of training both for those who currently practice and for those attending midwifery training institutions.
Rural Facilities, Services Atlas Disseminated
A dissemination workshop was held on July 30, 2009 in Addis Ababa to obtain input of all regions on the draft version of the Atlas of Rural Facilities and Services of the 11 regions of Ethiopia. UNFPA Ethiopia provided financial and technical support to the Central Statistical Agency (CSA)(...)
Landmark Conference held on Human Resources for Maternal Survival
Some 350 participants , including Ministers of Health, senior government officials, health programme managers, clinicians and heads of health training institutes, from 36 African countries, met in Addis Ababa between 29 June and 2 July 2009 in a conference on "Human Resources for Maternal Survival(...)
UNFPA TD Director pays visit to projects
The Director of the Technical Division (TD) of UNFPA Dr. Werner Haug, paid visits to UNFPA supported projects in Addis Ababa. In his first visit he saw project sites under the program titled "A right based approach to youth and adolescents for SRH and HIV/AIDS Information and Services and(...)
Panel discussion held on scaling up midwifery services in Ethiopia
UNFPA, together with the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), organized a panel discussion on July 7, 2009 on the scaling up of midwifery services in Ethiopia. The panel discussion had the objective of discussing and reflecting on(...)
World Population Day Commemorated
The World Population Day and the 16th anniversary of the official launching of the National Population Policy of Ethiopia was celebrated on 10 July with a half-day symposium held at the premises of the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED) here in Addis Ababa.
Regional conference held on HIV/AIDS Response
A regional conference on HIV and AIDS response which brought together officials of the Amhara regional government, development partners, donors and leading experts in the field was held in the regional capital Bahir Dar between 22 and 24 June 2009. Titled “Regional Conference on HIV/AIDS Response(...)
Developmental Bible Project Manual Reviewed
The "Developmental Bible," a new manual created for a special Ethiopian Orthodox Church education programme, will soon help clerics and key religious leaders in the Ethiopian Orthodox church to incorporate messages about reproductive health, gender equality, harmful traditional practices (HTPs)(...)
UNFPA/ICM launch new Midwifery Programme
A new programme to support midwifery in Ethiopia was launched on 5 May 2009 by UNFPA and the Internaitonal Confederation of Midwives (ICM) to mark the International Day of Midwives (IDM). The UNFPA/ICM Midwifery Programme will contribute to the achievement of two of the Millennium Development Goals(...)
MSc Programme on Integrated Emergency Obstetric Surgery launched
The three year MSc programme on Integrated Emergency Obstetric Surgery which was initiated at Jimma, Hawassa and Mekele Universities in January this year was officially launched on 4 April 2009 at the Ayder Hospital in Mekelle in the Tigray Regional State. The programme is being implemented by(...)
UNFPA Launches the Leave No Woman Behind Campaign
UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, honoured five contemporary women from around the country as part of celebrations for International Women’s Day, March 8, in an innovative theatre performance which took place at the Mega Amphitheatre on 10 March 2009. The women, who have(...)
Press Release: UNFPA and AECID Exhibit 100-Metre Canvas in Madrid
Today an exhibition of the largest painting ever created in Ethiopia opens at the School of Fine Arts of the Complutense University in Madrid. The canvas, titled “Stop Early Marriage,” comprises sections painted by 30 of Ethiopia’s most prominent artists and stretches for an uninterrupted 100(...)
Statement on behalf of UNFPA delivered by Dr. Monique Rakotomalala, Representative, UNFPA
Art as Advocacy: UNFPA Brings “Stop Early Marriage” Campaign to Mekele and Axum
As part of the 2008 “Stop Early Marriage” Campaign, which has accelerated efforts in Ethiopia to end the harmful traditional practice, UNFPA has initiated a national tour of artwork inspired by the campaign’s message.
Ethiopia became the first country to sign a national version of the global compact known as the International Health Partnership+ (IHP+). The compact, an agreement signed between the Government of Ethiopia and nine international development partners, including UNFPA on 31 August 2008, is designed(...)
UNFPA to procure satellite imagery and services to CSA
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) signed an agreement with the Central Statistical Agency (CSA) on June 20 on the procurement of satellite imagery equipment. The satellite imagery equipment to be procured at a cost of around 3.2 million Euros is expected to aid the availability of(...)
UNFPA holds consultative meeting on CCCA
UNFPA Ethiopia held a five days consultative meeting in Addis Ababa as part of the process to revise the existing manual on Community Conversation (CC). UNFPA Ethiopia is engaged in the process of revising the existing manual on CC in collaboration with its partners with the aim of producing a(...)
UNFPA Organizes Gender orientation workshop
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) conducted a three day orientation workshop in Addis Ababa for representatives of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Regional Women's Affairs Bureaus.
UNFPA hands over CD4 machine to orphanage
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Ethiopia country office on Saturday presented an orphanage in the country's capital, Addis Ababa , with a CD4 Cell Counter Flow Cytometer with lab chemicals reagents, and accessories, as well as a refrigerator.
UNFPA calls for more midwives for Ethiopia
In a bid to lower one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates, the United Nations Population Fund in Ethiopia (UNFPA) is calling for immediate investment in midwifery schools in order to graduate and deploy an adequate number of professional midwives in the country.
UN and Ethiopia agree on development action plan
United Nations country team funds and programmes – UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, and WFP - and Ethiopia 's Ministry of Finance and Economic Development signed on Tuesday 18 April an Annual Work Plan (AWP), kick starting an 18-month $200 million programme for the country's development.
UNFPA Facilitates Presentation on new CD4 Machine
A new portable battery-powered laboratory can identify the level of depression of the immune system of an HIV-positive individual at USD 0.25 to 0.50 per test, dozens of times cheaper than at current costs. The instrument was presented and displayed this week at a UNFPA-sponsored conference in the(...)
Ethiopia launches national youth strategy
A National Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health Strategy (AYRH) for Ethiopia was launched on Tuesday (10 April) in the country's capital, Addis Ababa , under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and partners.
Women race to end violence in the Ethiopian millennium
Thousands of women ran, jogged and walked through the streets of Ethiopia 's capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, April 1, 2007 in a bid to end violence against women and girls in the country.
UNFPA Deputy Executive Director Kunio Waki visits Ethiopia
UNFPA Deputy Executive Director Kunio Waki visited Ethiopia in the end of March 2006 to chair a workshop on the Rights of People Living with HIV to Sexual and Reproductive Health , co-convened by Engender Health/UNFPA/WHO in collaboration with ICW, IPPF, GI and UNAIDS.
Ministry of Health Launches Reproductive Health Strategy
Ministry of Health celebrated International Women's Day on March 8th, 2006 by launching the Reproductive Health Strategy of Ethiopia.