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Ethiopian Minister of Health Calls for Investing in Women and Girls

A girl at a community health post in Ethiopia. Photo Credit: Xaume Olleros

In his recent Huffington Post article (March 8,2017), Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr. Tedros Adhanom* calls for the support and empowerment of women as a means for reducing maternal and child mortality. Adhanom believes that investing in girls’ education, protecting reproductive rights, and encouraging the participation of women in all levels of government and the economy are essential for moving in a positive direction.

Success in the Ethiopian Health System has come as a result of recruiting and training over 38,000 community health workers, most of whom were women. By 2015, the country saw its contraceptive prevalence rate rise from 8% to 36%. According to Adhanom, these successes have been achieved primarily due to the empowerment and involvement of women in localized healthcare.

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*Dr Tedros Adhanom is currently The Director General of the World Health Organization. He made this contribution in Huffington Post but was summarized in the Newsletter- Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenges Digest of March 28, 2017.

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