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23 Nov 2018 description

ADDIS ABABA, 22 November 2018 – The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia signed a grant agreement today with UNFPA and UNICEF amounting to NOK 100 million (USD 11.3 million) in support of Phase III of the 'Joint Programme on a Rights-based Approach to Adolescent and Youth Development in Ethiopia (2018-2021)'.

21 Oct 2018 description

GAMBELLA, Ethiopia—UNFPA’s Deputy Executive Director (Programme), Dereje Wordofa, and a team of UNFPA Regional Directors and Country Representatives this week visited Gambella, one of nine ethnic divisions in Ethiopia, which hosts more than 423,000 refugees.

About 64 per cent of these refugees are under 18 years old and 88 per cent of them are women and children.

18 Aug 2018 description

SOMALI REGION, Ethiopia—At first, Trik Dulene and her husband agreed to use family planning to enable them to raise their two daughters within the limited resources available to them as a family. But the pressure from her in-laws to abandon this path became unbearable and contributed to the breakdown of her marriage.

It was a big blow for her when her husband, the breadwinner, left her to raise her daughters alone.

16 Jul 2018 description

DEBAYTILATGIN, Ethiopia – Hulunayehu Belay’s family ekes out a living by farming a small plot of land at the edge of a mountain. Her husband, Leul Hunegnaw, supplements their income by working as a priest. For years, they struggled to put food on the table. Yet Ms. Belay kept having one child after another – in all, she had seven sons.

Her first few children were born in rapid succession. “I had my children spaced very much close to each other, which affected their health and well-being as well as mine,” she said.

13 Jun 2018 description

GAMBELLA REGION, Ethiopia—Getting women to use family planning at Tierkidi refugee camp was something of a challenge because their husbands believed that it meant their wives would be seeing other men. “We teach women to use family planning and they accept [this], but not the husbands,” said Peter Lam Gony, a community mobilizer at Tierkidi.

Despite this obstacle, the health centre is serving women daily with family planning services. And more and more women are using the Health Centre to ensure safe delivery of their babies since the doors opened in May 2014.

22 May 2018 description

JIMMA, Ethiopia – After her wedding at age 20 in the Seka District of Ethiopia, Birkisa Aba Nega became pregnant. Then again, and again. Four of the five children she delivered died, and she was left with a debilitating childbirth injury – an obstetric fistula.

Pregnancy can be a dangerous time, and for women with ill health, malnutrition or underage pregnancy, the risks are even higher.

01 Mar 2018 description

Durame, ETHIOPIA – Genet Girma, 31, was a trailblazer in her community. Fifteen years ago, she ran away from home when she learned that her mother planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).

As in many other communities in Ethiopia, FGM is deep-rooted in the Kembatta community, which Ms. Genet belongs to. The practice can cause lasting harm, including pain, infection, haemorrhage and complications in childbirth. It can even be fatal.

08 Feb 2018 description

KOLLA TEMBEIN, Ethiopia – Not long ago, the sight of a 10-year-old bride was a common occurrence in Ethiopia’s Kolla Tembein District, said Daniel Hagos, the district’s chief administrator.  But the community’s women and girls are mobilizing to change things – and they are seeing enormous success.

“We are getting remarkable results in the fight against child marriage,” said Atsede Girmay, one of the volunteers in this effort.

06 Feb 2018 description

Addis Ababa, 06 February 2018 - As the world observes International Day of Zero Tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), UNICEF and UNFPA in Ethiopia commit to accelerate their joint efforts to end the violent practice of FGM/C.

Given the rising number of girls at risk, the two agencies believe that with increased investment and redoubled political commitment, with greater community engagement and more empowered women and girls, it is a race that can be won.

28 Aug 2017 description

SHEBEL BERENTA, Ethiopia – Sileshi Deguale was busy working alongside his family, preparing their land for planting season, but he paused to recall how difficult the work was last year. His wife had been too ill to help with the farming. It was around that time he made the biggest decision of his life, a choice that would help his wife regain her health by protecting her from unplanned pregnancies – he got a vasectomy.

05 May 2017 description

UNFPA today handed-over a total of six ambulances to support efforts in refugee camps and surrounding host communities in Dollo Ado, Somali Region of Ethiopia, in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. The ambulances will be providing services in five refugee camps and one surrounding host community health center.

27 Apr 2017 description

27 April 2017, Addis Ababa – At a ceremony organized today, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, handed-over 2 ambulances to the Gambella Regional Health Bureau. The ambulances were purchased with the generous funding of the Embassy of Sweden as part of the project entitled “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Response to the South Sudan Refugees and Surrounding Host Communities in Gambella Region,” implemented through UNFPA support from January 2015 to June 2016.

10 Nov 2016 description

AFAMBO, Afar Region, Ethiopia – Fatuma Ahmed was married off when she was just 13 years old, in 2011. Like most girls from the remote Afar Region of Ethiopia, she had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was only a baby, and it was expected that her scars would open up during her wedding night.

Unusually, they did not open. Then she became pregnant. When she delivered her baby, the scar tissue had to be cut open – an excruciating experience that continues to haunt her.

09 Aug 2016 description

Three kebeles (localities) in the Afambo Woreda (District) in the Afar Region in Ethiopia publicly declared abandonment of child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at a ceremony held on August 6. The Programme on Integrated Abandonment of Child Marriage and FGM which UNFPA has been supporting with funding from the UN Association in Sweden over the past three years is being implemented in seven kebeles in the Afambo Woreda.

31 May 2016 description

A three-day regional workshop deliberating on substitution of innovator products with quality generic reproductive health medicines adhering to internationally set standards kicked off today. Twenty-three countries from eastern and southern Africa are participating in this workshop which is being held under the theme “Accelerating uptake of generic quality assured hormonal contraceptives.”

13 Apr 2016 description

UNFPA handed-over on April 11 reproductive health medicines, equipment and supplies to support Basic and Comprehensive Obstetric and Newborn care services in 4 health centers and the Sitti Zonal Hospital in the Somali Region. The supplies consisted of 15 delivery coaches, 15 beds with mattresses, 2,600 clean delivery kits, 2,800 packs of iron folate, 1,500 dignity kits and 8 tents.

09 Mar 2016 description

The UNFPA supported programme on the integrated abandonment of child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Afar Region was launched in the Abala District on 3 March 2016. The programme is funded with finances secured from the United Nations Association in Sweden.

The programme primarily focuses on interventions that aim at creating community safe space for adolescent girls, supporting school level interventions, promoting girls’ education and facilitating provision of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent girls.

26 Jan 2016 description

AFAMBO, Afar Region in Ethiopia – Abiyot Difer, recently assigned as Principal of Fatuma Abdu School in Afambo, is highly impressed with action taken by the school community in its fight against child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

In the different school clubs they are members of, students are being informed of the consequences of these two harmful practices and they, in turn, are educating their communities. “Our efforts are paying dividends and much is changing,” Abiyot said.