KOICA and UNICEF’s partnership for the health of Ethiopia’s Mothers and Children

KOICA Country Director, Doh Young Ah and UNICEF representative to Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop
KOICA Country Director, Doh Young Ah and UNICEF representative to Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) care project. ©UNICEF Ethiopia/2015/Sewunet

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) announces US$ 9 million support to UNICEF for “Community Based Newborn Care” today in the UNICEF Ethiopia office. This financial support will be implemented in five zones of SNNP, Oromia and Benishangul Gumuz regions of Ethiopia.

The agreement was signed by KOICA Country Director, Doh Young Ah and UNICEF representative to Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop.

KOICA’s support aims to strengthen Ethiopian government’s efforts to improve maternal and newborn health in hard to reach areas building mainly on the Health Extension Program and the Primary Health Care platform. Over 150,000 pregnant women and their newborns will benefit from this generous support per year, reaching over 300,000 mother-baby pairs in the coming years.

In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureaus, the Ethiopia Midwifery and Paediatric associations, NGOs, donors and academic institutions, the programme aims to scale up maternal and newborn care in 5 zones covering a total population of 4 million between 2015 and 2018. This programme will contribute to the national scaling up of evidence based high impact interventions to improve maternal and newborn health at community and health facilities levels.

The combination of innovative, evidence-based strategies and the government’s long legacy of leadership on maternal, newborn and child survival is yielding impressive results. Ethiopia achieved MDG 4 three years ahead of schedule by cutting under-five mortality from 205 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 68 per 1,000 in 2012. Ethiopia’s progress illustrates that countries can achieve dramatic declines in child mortality, despite constrained resources.

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Video makes Community Based New-born Care (CBNC) training more productive

By Hailemariam Legesse

The Community Based New-born Care (CBNC) initiative was launched in March 2013, following the national policy breakthrough of allowing Health Extension Workers (HEWs) to treat new-born sepsis. The programme is supporting four agrarian regions: Amhara, Tigray, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) and Oromia.

One of the methods and tools used during the four day CBNC training in Ethiopia is a training video produced in English, Amharic and Oromiffa. The video helps to make CBNC training more productive through presentation of communication skills and specific technics and procedures performed by Health Extension Workers in a rural setting of Ethiopia.

Though, first and foremost produced to support the four-day standard training on CBNC, the individual components of the video can be used also to support specific separate skill’s training like; Measuring Temperature; Weighing the Baby; Hand Washing; Essential New-born Care; and Expressing Breastmilk.

The video demonstrates components designed to follow the principles of continuum of care for mothers and new-born.             

  1. Registering women in childbearing age by HEW
  2. Communication skills during antenatal care follow up
  3. Filling the birth preparedness plan
  4. Measuring temperature of the new-born
  5. Weighing the baby
  6. Postnatal care visit (PNC) for the mother and new-born
  7. Hand washing
  8. PNC visit for the sick new-born
  9. Essential new-born care
  10. Ikram case study
  11. Expressing breast milk

Federal Ministry of Health led the production of the video with the financial and technical support from UNICEF and WHO and help of CBNC partners through the National Technical Working Group.6