H4+ Ethiopia: Profile

Ethiopia Picture2H4+ Ethiopia is a Joint Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH) Programme implemented by the United Nations since 2013 through the H4+ partners (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO and the World Bank Group) with financial support from Sida.

H4+ Ethiopia aims to support national efforts to contribute to the overall improvement the lives of mothers and neonates.

What has H4+ Ethiopia contributed so far and how?

H4+ is engaged in increasing the number and improving skills of health human resource providing essential maternal and newborn care services at all levels of the healthcare system.

H4+ supports the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia in increasing access to RMNCH services and improving quality of care.

More specifically, H4+ Ethiopia has…

  • Improved access to skilled birth attendance through training and deployment of more than 1000 midwives.
  • Improved access to emergency obstetric care through training and deployment of close to 100 integrated emergency surgical officers (IESO).
  • Ethiopia Picture1Increased access, quality and equity of maternal and neonatal care in underserved populations through training of healthcare providers (general practitioners (GPs), scrub nurses and anesthetists) on comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC) in pastoralist regions.
  • Ensured better-equipped hospitals through provision of emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) equipment.
  • Contributed to improved service at Maternal, Delivery and Neonatal units at 500 health centers through competency-based training in comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (BEmONC) provided to 700 midwives and nurses.
  • Improved access to newborn care through training of 600 health care providers on Essential Newborn Care.
  • Improved access to NICU services in more than 30 hospitals that received H4+ support to initiate and maintain level II NICU services.
  • Improved quality of obstetric and neonatal care in hospitals through the Quality of Care Assessment Initiative in multiple hospitals across the country.
  • Contributed a new mother-baby cohort PMTCT register to enhance the quality of monitoring PMTCT services.
  • Strengthened the monitoring of the PMTCT B+ option through training of 1000 health facility staff.
  • Strengthened national and regional MDSR programs through development and implementation of MDSR tools and formats, staff capacity building and experience-sharing.
  • Enhanced the capacity of the healthcare system to respond to the needs of women and girls through gender mainstreaming trainings of policy planners and program managers in 7 regions.
  • Reduced gender norms that harmfully impact women’s health, and improved women’s health-seeking behavior through capacity-enhancement of community groups in community mobilization and behavior change communication skills.


The H4+ Ethiopia partnership is generously funded by the
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency @Sida