MEDIA ADVISORY: High Level Launch of the “Enhancing Skilled Delivery in Ethiopia (ESDE)” project

High Level Launch of the “Enhancing Skilled Delivery in Ethiopia (ESDE)” project

WHAT: High Level Launch of the “Enhancing Skilled Delivery in Ethiopia (ESDE)” project with a €40.2 million grant by the European Union (EU) to Federal Ministry of Health and UNICEF to improve maternal and new-born health.

WHO: Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister, Federal Minister of Health

Ambassador Chantal Hebberecht, Head of European Union Delegation,

Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia

WHEN: WEDNESDAY 16 APRIL, from 09:00am- 1:00pm

 WHERE: Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa

WHY: Ethiopia has made remarkable progress in promoting primary health care service facilities through the Health Extension Programme which led to the reduction of major public health challenges including tuberculosis, malaria and child mortality.  This in turn has contributed greatly to the achievement of MDG 4 of reducing child mortality three years ahead of the 2015 deadline. MDG 6 of halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB are also well on track.

Despite this improved trends, MDG 5 – Improvement of maternal health – remains the only MDG goal that is not on track as we approach 2015 and now it the time to put it on the spotlight.

For interviews or additional information, please contact:

Ahmed Emano, Director, Public Relation and Communication Directorate, Federal Ministry of Health, Tel: +251 115 518031, Mobile: +251 911 388946, email:ahmed_emano[@]yahoo.com

Solomon Kebede, Press and Information Officer, European Union,

Tel.: +251 11 66 12 511, Mobile: +251 911 68 41 01, email: solomon.kebede[@]eeas.europa.eu

Wossen Mulatu, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ethiopia,

Tel.: +251 115 184028, Mobile: +251 911 308483, email: wmulatu[@]unicef.org

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