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Updated January 21, 2011

Peer Learning To Improve Health Services For Poor

Access to quality health services does not come without a price. In several developing countries, decreasing the financial burden on individuals and families seeking health services continues to be a major challenge. However, in recent years, many African countries have launched ambitious national policies aiming to reduce or eliminate financial barriers to health care. In response to these country-led initiatives and in efforts to foster greater south-to-south peer learning, the Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) group joined MLI in sponsoring a regional workshop on “Improving Financial Access to Health Care for the Poor” in Dakar, Senegal from the 2-4 November, 2010. HHA, comprised of the African Development Bank, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, WHO, and the World Bank, is committed to providing support to governments of poor countries wishing to adopt health financing policies to improve access to health services.

Program Focus

In Ethiopia, MLI is working with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to implement a strategic planning and management system, the Balanced Scorecard, designed to facilitate more effective and efficient planning, monitoring and management of health sector development activities.

Meet the Ministry

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since October 2005. Prior to his current position, Dr Tedros Adhanom served as State Minister of Health in the Federal Government for one year. He has served in various expert and leadership positions at the federal and state levels since 1986. His major interest is on malaria and he has published numerous articles on the topic.

Dr Tedros Adhanom received his bachelor's in Biology from Asmara University in 1986 and a master's degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London in 1992. In 2000, Dr Tedros received his PhD in Community Health from the University of Nottingham, UK. He received the Young Investigator award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1999, and a Young Researcher award from the Ethiopian Public Health Association in 2003.

Currently, Dr Tedros serves as a co-Chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Board member of GAVI and Chair of the Board of Directors of Addis Ababa University.

Statistical Overview

Capital City Addis Ababa
Minister of Health Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyseus
Total Population 83099000
Life Expectancy (years) 53
Maternal Mortality* 670/100000
Under 5 Mortality 119/1000
Literacy Rate 36

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