Media Alert: Royal Norwegian Embassy donates NOK 100 million for Right Based Approach to Adolescents and Youth Development in Ethiopia

Royal Norwegian Embassy donates NOK 100 million (US$ 17, 421,026) to support UNICEF/UNFPA Joint Programme on Right Based Approach to Adolescents and Youth Development in Ethiopia

 What: Grant signing of  NOK 100 million (US$ 17,421, 026) from the Royal Norwegian Embassy to support the joint UNICEF and UNFPA programme on rights-based approach to adolescent and youth development in Ethiopia (Phase II – 2014-2017).

When: Wednesday 4 June2014, time 9:30am.

Where: Elilly International Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Who:   H.E. Mr. Odd-Inge Kvalheim, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia;     H.E Ato Berhanu Feyissa Director General, Federal HAPCO, Dr Peter Salama, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia; Mr. Faustin Yao, UNFPA Representative to Ethiopia.

Why:   About 33 per cent of Ethiopian population are aged 10-24 years, with nearly 22 per cent being adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years. Young people, in particular female youth, continually face risks such as poverty, HIV/AIDS infection, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and harmful traditional practices.[1] To complement government’s efforts in addressing adolescent and youth issues, the joint UNICEF and UNFPA programme provides an integrated youth-friendly services on protection and promotion of rights related reproductive health services, HIV/AIDS prevention services, and livelihoods.

For further information, please contact:

UNICEF: Wossen Mulatu, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ethiopia,
Tel.: +251 115 184028, Mobile: +251 911 308483, email: wmulatu[@]unicef.org

UNFPA: Dursit Abdishekur, Programme Coordinator, Adolescent and Youth SRH,

Tel. +251-11-5444047; E-mail: abdishekur[@]unfpa.org

[1] National Youth Policy Implementation Status Assessment, MOWCYA in collaboration with UNICEF and UNFPA, December 2012, AA.

Ethiopia and its partners working together to achieve MDG 5

By Loza mesfin/WHO

Anneka Knutsson, Head of Development Cooperation (SIDA), signs ‘Accelerating Progress for Maternal and Newborn Health’ programme document
Anneka Knutsson, Head of Development Cooperation (SIDA), signs ‘Accelerating Progress for Maternal and Newborn Health’ programme document © WHO/2013/Loza Mesfin

Five United Nations agencies, known as UNH4+ (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health signed an agreement with the Government of Sweden (through the Swedish International Development Agency – Sida) on the work plan for a joint project on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in Ethiopia, 2013-2015. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Hon Dr Kesetebirhan Admasu, Ethiopian Minister of Health, at the African Union Conference Center during the historic International Conference on Family Planning.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr Kesetebirhan appreciated the support of development partners in the Government’s efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality. He further expressed his satisfaction at how the partnership is supporting the Government’s initiative, with the Government in the driving seat. “With such country ownership and continued support of partners, the achievement of MDG 5 is not out of reach,” he underscored.

WHO Representative, Dr Pierre M’pele speaks at launch of joint project on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in Ethiopia,
WHO Representative, Dr Pierre M’pele speaks at launch of joint project on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in Ethiopia,

Also speaking at the event, WHO Representative, Dr Pierre M’pele recalled that Ethiopia has already achieved MDG 4 two years ahead of schedule by reducing child mortality rates, and affirmed that the joint program comes “At the right time to strengthen the partnership of the UN agencies delivering as one and Sida with the Federal Ministry of Health to work together to achieve MDG 5.”

In its endeavor to maximize the impact of its support to the Government of Ethiopia, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) is working with the principle of Delivering as One and strengthening joint efforts of the UN agencies in advancing priority areas within the development agenda. Both the Government of Ethiopia and the UNCT recognize maternal and newborn health as one of the top priority areas that require the concerted efforts of all stakeholders in the few years remaining of the MDGs. This work plan for the Sida/H4+ grant contributes to filling gaps in the current joint efforts by UN agencies in supporting the FMOH for implementation of the National Road Map for Accelerating Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality and Morbidity, and thereby pave the way for Ethiopia to meet MDG 5 of by 2015, reducing maternal mortality ratio and increasing access to reproductive health.

This blog post is extracted from World Health Organization Ethiopia Country Office media release.