| 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.
| Ethiopia Postpones 4th Population Census
October 7, 2017 - The Fourth National Housing and Population Census, originally scheduled to be conducted on November 19, 2017, has now been postponed. The announcement came as the purchased digital tablet computers are almost on their way to Ethiopia. The first batch of the supply of the digital computer tablets and power banks has already reached Ethiopia. From the total supply, 93,000 tablets and 180,000 power banks have been delivered by suppliers.
Yigezu Daba, general director of the Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service, the agency that conducted the procurement of the equipment on behalf of the Central Statistics Agenc
| Ethiopia: Oromos Celebrate Irreacha Peacefully
October 1, 2017 - Despite fears of violence, the Irreacha festival, Oromos thanksgiving, has been celebrated today in the resort town of Bishoftu.
Different media outlets have reported different accounts of the event. The Ethiopian news agency reported the festival was celebrated colorfully and peacefully. On the contrast, the Amharic DW program through its facebook page reported that there were a sign of protests at the festival.
Wearing traditional clothes, devotees who have been arriving at the town since Saturday, gathered at Lake Hora Arsedi, where the celebration takes place, since 5 am in the morning.Led by the Aba G
| 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