How we know we made a difference
Every year, we reached more than 100,000 children and adults with essential health services and information. Over the life of the project, the estimated percentage of births attended by a skilled healthworker nearly doubled, from 25% to 47%3
We helped cancel 1,684 child marriages, enabling better health and education outcomes for all the girls involved. The project also helped identify 2,336 girls who were at risk of dropping out of school, and provided educational materials to support their continued schooling.
We've seen 120 mother support groups established in communities, providing a platform for both men and women to learn about pregnancy, birth-preparedness, breastfeeding, nutrition and other issues related to mother and child health.
We've also seen 195 radio listening groups set up for girls, boys, women, men and people living with disabilities. These groups start conversations that have the power to change harmful attitudes and practices.
In 2017, the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health program came to a close. But we know we’ve left trained staff, passionate healthworkers and empowered young people who will continue to improve health outcomes for mothers and their children.
Who made our program possible
This program was funded by the Australian Government. Through the government’s overseas aid program, Australians provided children and their families in Ethiopia and around the world with the chance to achieve a brighter future. Find out more about how Australian Aid is changing lives here.
Save the Children also partnered with the Ethiopia Government, Gondar University and community-based organisations in the Amhara region.
1World Health Organisation Adolescent Pregnancy Factsheet
22016 Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey 2016
3Health Management Information System, Amhara Regional Health Bureau, Ministry of Health
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