| Ethiopian Religious Leaders Call for Tolerance
September 10, 2018 - In a new year greetings, Ethiopian religious leaders called on fellow Ethiopians for tolerance and to live up to their history of living together in harmony, and avoid any acts of hatred and evil deeds in the New Year.
The religious leaders extended their best wishes to all Ethiopians in the coming New Year. Ethiopia’s new year 2011 starts on tomorrow, Tuesday.
Abune Mathias, Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, said “new year celebration creates a positive attitude towards transformation and new goals in the new year,” according to FBC report.
Deputy President of the Et
| Abune Merkorios Returns to Ethiopia After 27 Years in Exile
August 1, 2018 - The 4th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Merkorios, returned to Ethiopia on Wednesday after spending 27 years in exile in the U.S.
Merkorios arrived in the capital Addis Ababa along with high-level Ethiopian delegation led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that was visiting the U.S.
When the EPRDF came to power in Ethiopia, the former patriarch was forced to abandon his title and subsequently left the country. Several high level clergy members also left the country with him and established Synod in exile.
Following the reconciliation process ongoing in the country, the cu
| Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Exiled Synod Agree to Unite
July 25, 2018 - Following reconciliation talks between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the exiled synod that operated abroad for nearly three decades, the two sides have agreed to end their animosity and join to work together.
After the end of the Derg regime, top church officials left the country and founded foreign-based synod that has been operating independently of the main church in Ethiopia. As a result, Ethiopian in the diaspora have been served by two synods. Some followed the breakaway synod, others continued with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church serving the rest of the country.
According to sources the two sides ha
| The Number of Ethiopian People Needing Aid Reaches 7.8 Million
March 13, 2018 - Aid organizations working inside Ethiopia have disclosed that the number of people needing assistance has reached 7.8 million. This was announced today at the launching of the 2018 Ethiopian Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners.
The current numbers indicate an increase of 37 percent compared to the same period last year.
According to the report, the increase was due to the recent failure in rain mainly in southern and eastern parts of the country, as well as conflict-related displacement in the border areas of Oromia and Ethiopian Somali region
| Ethiopia Launches Job Creation Project for Refugees, Returnees
February 3, 2018 - A job creation project, which aims at supporting Ethiopian returnees and Eritrean refugees, was launched by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa and Ethiopian Government.
The two-year project with over 61 million birr budget benefits 1,500 potential returnees and 200 Eritrean refugees. The project areas in Addis Ababa are Arada, Addis Ketema, Kirkos, and Yeka sub-cities, while the value chain areas are leather construction and metal, it was indicated.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Addis Ababa Bureau of Finance and Economic Development Deputy Head Girma Gidi said the project is expected to support the on
| Ethiopia to Launch New Primary Healthcare Guidelines
January 15, 2018 - Ethiopian ministry of Health announced plans to implement a new primary healthcare guideline to ensure uniformity and quality of health service delivery in all health centers and places across Ethiopia.
Clinical service Directorate Acting Director and national public healthcare guideline coordinator with the Ministry, Dr. Yibeltal Mekonnen, told that the ministry is launching public healthcare guidelines to provide qualified and well-organized service throughout the nation.
He added that one of the major setbacks to health service delivery in Ethiopia today is inequity and the need to provide quality integrat
| Ethiopia to Build Five Specialized Cancer Centers
December 25, 2017 - The Ethiopian Ministry of Health announced plans to set up five specialized healthcare centers for cancer related patients. According to the Ethiopian government , it has allocated close to 80 million U.S. dollars for the construction and establishment of the five specialized centers across Ethiopia.
The five healthcare institutions are said to provide specialized healthcare treatment for cancer related victims in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNP regional states, state news agency ENA quoted Ethiopian Ministry of Health officials as saying.
The five centers are under construction in Hawassa, Gonder, Mekelle, Jimm
| Addis Ababa Administration Launches Cleaning Campaign
December 6, 2017 - Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa City Administration has launched a cleaning campaign to be conducted on every last Saturday of Ethiopian month, reports Ethiopian news agency. The universal integrated cleaning campaign aimed to create clean and beautiful city was announced at a public mobilization forum held today.
In his opening speech to the forum, Mayor Driba Kuma said the main objective of the universal integrated cleaning campaign is realizing active public and private sectors involvement in creating clean, beautiful and comfortable Addis Ababa.He stated that the city administration has been implementing various p
| Italy Grants $14 Million to Civil Society Organizations in Ethiopia
December 1, 2017 - The Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia signed a 14 million Euros grant financing agreement with selected civil society organizations to foster employment opportunities so as to reduce illegal migration, reports Ethiopian News agency. The agreement with these organizations is part of the 20 million Euros stemming illegal migration in Northern and Central Ethiopia (SINCE) program.
The program aims at reducing illegal migration from Northern and Central Ethiopia by improving the living conditions of vulnerable population including potential migrants and returnees.
The program which is funded by the European Union Tru
| Only Four in Nine Rapid HIV/AIDS Test Kits Can be Used - Ministry of Health
November 29, 2017 - Ethiopian Ministry of Health disclosed that only four out of the nine rapid HIV/AIDS testing kits can be used, according to ENA. This was disclosed at a joint press briefing by the Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Public Health Institute today.
The result was announced following the assessment carried out to determine quality and rapidity.
Health Minister Professor Yifru Berehan said dissemination of the approved HIV/AIDS testing kits to health centers, hospitals and rural clinics will start soon.
Ethiopian Public Health Institute Director-General, Dr. Ebba Abate said on his part t
| HIV Test Kit Purchase Spark Controversy in Ethiopia
November 21, 2017 - The Pharmaceutical Fund & Supply Agency (PFSA) procured an estimated five million HIV test kits worth 2.5 million dollars from Beijing Wanti Biological Enterprise, whose products were found to be below the standard in algorithm tests carried out by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) in August 2017, reports Ethiopian english weekly newspaper, Addis fortune.
This is not the first time when a controversy over the HIV test kits purchase has surfaced. There were constant accusations and claims amongst suppliers, PFSA, EPHI and Ministry of Health (MoH) since 2012, resulting in a shortage of kits i
| 145 Ethiopian Innovators, Researchers Receive Award
November 19, 2017 - 145 Ethiopian innovators, students, teachers and researchers awarded for their outstanding contribution in technology and research at the 8th National Science and Technology Innovation. Started in 2009, the National Science and Technology Innovation has so far awarded 1, 601 innovators.
During the ceremony, Ethiopian Prime minster Hailemariam Desalegn stated that Ethiopia’s ongoing economic growth is bringing about changes in the technology sector as well. Encouraging innovations can make the country’s growth comprehensive as well as helps to inspire innovators for more successes.
The Premier a
| Ethiopia Purchasing Additional 400,000T of Wheat
November 18, 2017 - The government of Ethiopia announced plans to procure another batch of wheat amounting to 400,000 tons, reports Ethiopian weekly English newspaper, the reporter. The purchase came at a point when the country is experiencing double-digit inflation. According to the Central Statistics Agency, the rate of inflation by the end of October 2017 stood at 12.2 percent, the highest since October 2015.The high inflation rate, attributed to the recent 15 percent devaluation of the birr, is expected to increase in the coming months.
Economic commentators predict that given the current devaluation, inflation might soar as high a
| Ethiopian Education Minster Warns Students Not to Interrupt Classes
November 17, 2017 - Ethiopian Education Minister, Tilaye Gete, warned higher education students not to interrupt normal classes at universities, reports Ethiopian news agency.
In a press conference, Tilaye stated that some universities especially Metu and Ambo in Ethiopia's central Oromia regional state have had their normal educational classes interrupted by unrest instigated by a small group of students.
He also said students who have grievances should follow legal ways, while urging school staff and students' parents to help smooth learning process in universities.
"Consultations are underway
| US Launchs New Scholarship Program for Ethiopia
November 13, 2017 - The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa announced the launch of the Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program – Ethiopia, which will bring American scholars to teach, research, and collaborate in over sixty academic disciplines from 2018-2019 in Ethiopia. The new US Scholarship program is launched by the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, in partnership with Bahir Dar University, the University of Gondar, and the Institute of International Education (IIE).
The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program seeks to strengthen Ethiopian universities’ capacity to teach, research, and manage undergraduate and g
| Denmark, Ethiopia Launch Dairy Development Project
October 30, 2017 - A Danish-Ethiopian project is on the way to making better use of the milk from Ethiopia’s 11 million dairy cows and to improve the nutrition of low-income families in the country, reports FBC. The three-year project is driven by the GAIN Nordic Partnership, with Arla Foods Ingredients as lead business partner.
If all goes according to plan, healthy, fortified, and locally produced yoghurt will be on the Ethiopian market by 2019 – at a price that most families can afford.
The project is financially supported by Denmark’s development cooperation agency, DANIDA, while the Confederation of Danish Indu
| Ethiopia to Ban Foreign Adoptions, According to New Bill
October 14, 2017 - A new draft bill has been written to amend the existing revised family code proposed the elimination of specific articles granting foreigners the right to adopt Ethiopian children, according to the Reporter. According to a document issued by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Office, the latest draft bill has been designed based on the new National Child Protection Policy, endorsed by Ethiopian Council of Ministers.
The policy was designed with the objective that orphans, vulnerable children, as well as unaccompanied children should grow with discipline only in their homeland honoring their culture and tradition among
| USAID Launching 181 Million USD to Prevent Maternal, Child Deaths in Ethiopia
October 14, 2017 - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching four activities to address preventable maternal and child deaths in Ethiopia. The four activities with a total value of approximately $181 million (USD) will support the Ministry of Health’s overall efforts to end maternal and child deaths.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is also providing support for these activities, according communique sent by US Embassyto Ezega.com.
H.E. Professor Yifru Berhan, Minister of Health, Ms Leslie Reed, USAID’s Mission Director and Ms. Ji-eun Seongare, KOICA’s Deput
| Acute Watery Diarrhea Infects 127 in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
October 9, 2017 - 127 people were diagnosed with Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia's second largest city, 446 kms east of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, according to Xinhua. According to Muluken Argaw, Dire Dawa city Health Bureau chief, the infected people are being treated in the city's main hospital and several have already been discharged after finishing their treatment.
Lack of proper waste disposal means, unsanitary toilet uses and failure to properly cook vegetable foods are mentioned as reasons behind the diarrhea outbreak in Ethiopias second city.
Several major cities in Ethiopia including A
| Somali-Oromia Conflict Persists, Ethiopian PM Disappointed
October 8, 2017 - As Prime Minister Hailemaraim Dessalegn is trying to sort out the confrontation between the Somali and Oromia Regional States, the Somali Region Communications Bureau over the week issued a statement accusing the Oromia Regional State of proceeding forcibly with land expansion in view of finding access to neighboring sea ports such as those in Somaliland and Somalia for alleged subversive reason against the federation.
The statement was made the same week high-level officials of the two regions were said to be holding discussions under the auspices of the federal government headed by the Prime Minister.