| Bishoftu Town Finalizes Preparations for Irrecha Celebration
September 22, 2017 - Despite concerns over this year’s Irrecha celebration, Oromo's thanks-giving festival, the deputy mayor of Bishoftu town, where the celebration takes place, stated that preparations have been finalized to colorfully celebrate the festival. Last year more than 52 participants of the ceremony were killed in a stampede, which latter caused massive protest against the government. On its part, the government stated that the stampede was caused by anit-peace forces, several outlawed opposition groups of Ethiopia.
| USAID Launches New HIV Care Project in Ethiopia
September 21, 2017 - The United State Agency for International Development /USAID/ launched a new five-year community HIV care and treatment project in Ethiopia, reports Ethiopian news agency. The 40 million USD project has an objective of supporting the government of Ethiopia to achieve the 90-90-90 global target through community based HIV care and treatment approach.
The 90-90-90 is an ambition treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic.
It aspires that by 2020, 90 percent of people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90 percent of people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretrov
| China, Ethiopia Sign $15 Million Food Aid Agreement
September 6, 2017 - China and Ethiopia signed an emergency humanitarian food aid agreement where China will provide wheat worth 15 million U.S. dollars to support Ethiopians affected by drought. According to a press statement from the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, Liu Tao, Chargé d'Affaires at the Chinese Embassy, and Abraham Tekeste, Ethiopian Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, have signed the agreement.
The Chinese government has long committed itself to consolidating bilateral cooperation with and expanding support for Ethiopia, said Liu. "With the newly offered food aid to Ethiopia, the Chinese government is determined to
| Delivery of Healthcare Services Up Three Fold in Ethiopia – Government
September 5, 2017 - The number of Ethiopians receiving medical services at health service delivery institutions has reached 75 percent over the past decade, reports Ethiopian News Agency. The Ethiopian Ministry revealed that the number of outpatients who received medical treatment before ten year ago has jumped from 20 million to 75 million at present.
This resulted due to the increase of health posts across Ethiopia from 10,000 in 2007 to over 16,000 to date, health stations from 700 to 3000, and hospitals from 93 to 311.
Ethiopian Ministry of Health Policy Planning Deputy Director, Masoud Mohammed told Ethiopian news agency th
| Breast Cancer Most Prevalent Illness Among Ethiopian Women - Report
August 28, 2017 - Breast cancer is becoming the most prevalent illness among women in Ethiopia, replacing cervical cancer, according to the Ethiopian Herald. Dr. Bogale Solomon, specialist in cancer treatment and member of Ethiopian Medical Association quoted by the newspaper saying ‘young Ethiopian women are becoming the victims of the disease.’
Age at child delivery, unsafe dieting especially related to the consumption of meat, poor habit of physical exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, life style of women and duration of working hours are among the major cause of breast cancer. For instance in case of Addis Ababa the breas
| Illegally Dumped Road Construction Materials Threat the Wellbeing of Ethiopian Children
August 25, 2017 - As proximity to new roads has negative health effects because of toxic waste dumped illegally during construction phase, Ethiopian children are suffering from newly built roads, according to a research conducted by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
The research shows that an additional road built within five kilometers increases the probability that a mother experiences an infant death by three percentage points from 8.5 per cent to 11 per cent. The research team also found that Ethiopian children under the age of five living near a recently built road have a lower level o
| Ethiopia to Host International Conference on Maternal and Child Health
August 20, 2017 - Ethiopia will host international conference on maternal and child health, an initiative jointly started by Ethiopia and India, on August 24 and 25. Under the theme "Overcoming critical obstacles to maternal and child survival", the conference aims to "celebrate" progress to date, share best practices and identify key milestones for achieving the sustainable development goals set out in the Global Strategy for Health of women, children and adolescents (2016-2030), according to an official statement.
The Ethiopian government "strongly believes that the efforts and resources invest
| Ethiopian Man Marries at 107
August 16, 2017 - An Ethiopian man who claims to be 107 years old has married a 33 years old woman in Shasemene area of central Ethiopia. The Ethiopian man has also stated that he has 108 children and grandchildren.
Polygamy is common among the rural areas of the Muslim dominated central and eastern areas of Ethiopia despite recent moves by the Ethiopian government to discourage the practice.
The Ethiopian Man, Haji Abdulkadir Dekema, wed his bride Furo Guyo in a wedding ceremony during the weekend. Dekema also stated that despite his fathering 108 children and grandchildren and advanced age, he plans to have more children from his latest w
| Ababa Tesfaye: Hero of Ethiopian Children and The Nation
By Seble Teweldebirhan
August 9, 2017 - I met Tesfaye Sahlu, aka Ababa Tesfaye (Father Tesfaye), about seven years ago in one of the cafes around 22 Mazoria in Addis Ababa. I and a friend of mine were stunned to see our childhood hero and one of the most respected TV personalities when we were kids, in a café trying to sell one of his books. Ababa Tesfaye at the time carried several copies of his children’s story books and was going from table to table, just showing the front cover of his books. He wasn’t speaking much nor asking people to buy his books. He was just going around the tables showing the cover. If pe
| Half of Ethiopia’s Youth Chew Khat (Chat) – NY Times
July 23, 2017 - Ethiopian authorities stated that about half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew Khat, according to New York Times report. The Ethiopian government is worried that the habit could derail its plans to transform Ethiopia into a middle-income country in less than a decade ― a national undertaking that will require an army of young, capable workers, it says. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name.
Khat is legal and remains so mainly because it is a big source of revenue for the government. But there are mounting concerns about its widespread use.
As many as 1.2 million acres of land are thou
| Ethiopia Slashes Child Malnutrition - UNICEF
July 20, 2017 - Ethiopia reduced child malnutrition for children aged 6 to 23 months, according to the United Nations International Children's and Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report. The malnutrition rate went down to 38 percent in 2016 from 58 percent in 2000.
A study conducted by UNICEF, shows an estimated 5.7 million children are stunted in Ethiopia due to the combined effects of poor malnutrition, repeated infection and inadequate psychosocial stimulation.
Speaking on the subject, Ephrem Tekle Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said that the period from 6-8 months when ch
| Addis Ababa City Transfers 972 Newly Built Condominium Houses
July 9, 2017 - Addis Ababa City transferred 972 condominium houses built under the 40/60 housing program to beneficiaries in a lottery draw held at Addis Ababa municipality meeting hall. As part of its development programs, for the past 10 years the Ethiopian government has been availing savings to purchase condominium houses for its citizens.
The new houses are of four, three and two bedrooms and were built at places commonly known as Sengatera and Kaliti Crown Hotel. About 11, 088 people who have paid the full amount (100%) of the houses 18 months ago were included in the yesterday’s lottery
| Ethiopia to Tighten Rules for Smokers
July 8, 2017 - The Ethiopian Federal attorney general disclosed that a new, tighter anti-smoking proclamation has been drafted. In 2014, Ethiopia introduced a directive which prohibited public smoking. However, the new proclamation is different from the directive of public smoking ban ratified by parliament back in 2014, according to Belayehun Yerga, Law drafting studies and inculcation director at the Ethiopian federal attorney general office. The new smoking ban proclamation will be presented for approval by parliament next year.
Some of the highest smoking rates are now seen in the developing world, according to the JAMA report from the Univ
| Axum Obelisk to Get Renovated with 2 Million Euros
May 16, 2017 - The 24 meter high Axum Obelisk will soon get renovated according to ENA report. An agreement was signed yesterday at Axum town between the Ethiopian government Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritages, a local company called MH Engineering, and an Italian consultant Studio Croci.
Authority Director-General, Yonas Desta, said the renovation of the obelisk is necessary because the device fitted on the obelisk to absorb shock has failed due to age, sun light and rain.
The Government of Ethiopia has allocated 2 million Euros for the renovation of the obelisk which is expected to be&n
| Resource Depleted, Ethiopia Faces Killer Drought - Report
May 2, 2017 - The announcement by the United Nations in March that 20 million people in four countries were teetering on the edge of famine stunned the world due to the breadth of the humanitarian crisis faced by so many in 2017, reports the Washington Post.
Yet even as donors struggle to meet the severe needs in the war-torn nations of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, another crisis, more environmental in nature, is taking place nearby — nearly unnoticed, according to the report.
On Thursday, the Ethiopian government increased its count of the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 millio
| Ethiopia Revises Up People in Need of Food Aid to 7.7M
April 27, 2017 - The number of people in need of emergency food aid has increased to more than 7 million, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, reports FBC.
The number of people requiring aid at the beginning of 2017 decreased to 5.6 million people from 10.2 million people in 2016.
However, it increased to more than 7.7 million now, according to Abebe Zewdie, public relations director of the commission.
The increase is mainly attributable to the drought occurred in some lowland areas of Oromia, Amhara and SNNP regional states as well as due to lower Meher production than e
| Former Ethiopian Airliness Hostess Murdered by Her Maid in Bole
April 15, 2017 - Hewan Sahle Argaw, a 29-year old graduate of Assay Public School and a former Ethiopian airlines hostess, was murdered by her maid last week, according to the Reporter. The six-month old bride and an expectant mother was allegedly murdered by her maid on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
The maid is said to have surrendered and, according to the Addis Ababa Police, she has confessed to the crime. According to her friends, Hewan was hit with a sharp object, thrown over stairs and sustained heavy burn over half of her body.
The maid was said to have made frantic calls to f
| Amhara State Building 900M Birr Museum in Bahir Dar
April 13, 2017 - A cornerstone was laid to build Amhara People Museum at a cost of 900 million birr at the regional city Bahirdar., according to ENA
Amhara State Chief Administrator, Gedu Andargachew laid the cornerstone today.
Culture and Tourism Bureau Head, Dr. Hirut Kasaw said the museum will accommodate the history, culture, heritages as well as others treasures.
The first draft of the design of the museum that rests on 15,650 square meters is finalized, she said.
The construction of the Amhara People Museum that begins next Ethiopian year will be finalized within five years.
| Diaspora Housing Scheme Stalled for Lack of Land - FM
April 9, 2017 - The Diaspora Housing Scheme, which the government has offered to Ethiopians in the diaspora, was unable to proceed further due to the Addis Ababa City Administration’s failure to provide plots for the construction of the proposed houses, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Tuesday, according to the Reporter.
The scheme, which is more than two and a half years since its inception, is said to have attracted tens of thousands who have shown strong interest by registering through their respective embassies and consulates.
Minister of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) appeared before the House of Peoples’
| Ethiopian Agency Tables New Directive to Regulate Higher Education Institutions
March 19, 2017 - Higher Education Relevance Quality Agency (HERQA) is discussing with private higher education institutions to introduce a new directive which will regulate them and possibly penalize them in case of breaches, according to the Reporter.
The directive, which was prepared by the Agency last year, was tabled to stakeholders including owners, presidents and associations of private higher education institutions for a final discussion. The discussion was meant to receive comments regarding the directive.
“Once we receive comments from the interested parties we will take them into consideration,” Tarekgne Geressu, comm