Ministry of Health receive new medical equipment and medicines. Photo: US Media


The equipment was provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID’s) Transform Health has handed over medical equipment and medicines worth over $4 million to the Ethiopian developing regions.

This equipment and medicines were handed over to the country’s Ministry of Health to be used in hospitals and health centres in the regional states of Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, and Somali.

“We hope this is a catalytic investment that will increase the quality of – and demand for – health services, and enable providers to better meet the needs of their communities,” said USAID Deputy Mission Director, Alicia Dinerstein.

The equipment, provided by the USAID’s Transform Health in Developing Regions program, includes mobile ultrasound machines, incubators, and heating stations to keep newborns warm after birth. The project is also set to train Ethiopian health centre staff on how to properly use and maintain the new equipment.

The USAID further provided medicines to treat respiratory disease syndrome in newborns, obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, and other health problems. As a result, health centres in rural areas of the country would be able to improve childbirth delivery services and basic healthcare for mothers and children.

The US development programs like the USAID Transform Health in Developing Regions program invest in the capacity of Ethiopian institutions and the Ethiopian people to address their own needs and become stronger partners.

The country is the largest bilateral donor to Ethiopia’s health sector, with approximately USD $150 million per year in funding for HIV/AIDS; malaria; maternal, neonatal and child health; nutrition; tuberculosis; and water, sanitation and hygiene.


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