August 10, 2008

Visiting US Health Secretary Lauds Ethiopia’s Success in Sector

Text of report in English by state-owned Ethiopian news agency ENA website

Addis Ababa, 10 August: US Secretary of Health and Human Service Michael Leavitt disclosed on Sunday [10 August] that US-sponsored health projects in Ethiopia were found to be quite successful.

After holding discussions with Health Minister Dr Tewodros Adhanom, Leavitt told journalists on Sunday anti-HIV/AIDS, malaria and other health-related interventions sponsored by the US government are bearing fruits. Especially, Leavitt said, the Ethiopian government has registered commendable achievements in the health sector during the past three years. The secretary said boosting the heath budget of the country to 11 per cent from only 7 per cent three years ago indicated that the Ethiopian government remained committed to improving the heath sector.

Lots of health extension workers on training to be deployed in rural localities of the country will also have greater role towards improving the provision of health services.

The US government will continue assisting Ethiopia in its efforts towards developing the health sector, according to the secretary.

According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Service, the USA has allotted more than 103m US dollars in health care and services in Ethiopia in 2008 only. The stated sum is meant for President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar) and his malaria initiative and polio immunization, protection against seasonal and avian influenza, support of refugee health, research and health care training, and hands-on experience for Ethiopians, it was noted.

Originally published by ENA website, Addis Ababa, in English 10 Aug 08.

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