U.S government supports projects to boost health livelihoods
Addis Ababa June 21/2013 The U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched two activities with Project Mercy to train midwives and improve their health facility in Yetebon and Chacha, South Ethiopia Peoples' and Amhara States. According to a statement the U.S. Embassy sent to ENA on Friday, USAID will provide technical assistance and training to the projects, which is valued at approximately two million USD over the next four years. The statement said Project Mercy serves up to 70,000 people in Yetebon and Chacha communities. It said USAID's Human Resources for Health Project will train 400 professional midwives to reduce maternal and newborn deaths and injuries in child birth and directly benefit about 3000 people with maternal and child health services. In addition, USAID will provide Project Mercy hospital infrastructure improvements, equipment and supplies, while linking the midwifery students with professional associations and clinics for practical skills training. USAID's Livestock Market Development Project will train 65 households that were provided cows by Project Mercy to care for the animals, increase milk production, and improve the nutrition of their children, according to the statement.