According to many historians, the 1960's had been the golden years of the African Continent. Especially, February was a uniquely and decisive month for Ethiopia and African countries in general. It was a month when impressive history had happened on the hills of Adwa shattering down the Berlin Conference that aimed at partitioning Africa.
The aim of this conference was annexing most African countries but failed to succeed in Ethiopia. Owing to heroic deeds of its people, Ethiopia has long been independent and remained a non-colonized country. Even more, the victory of Adwa which marks the defeat of Italian colonial power by Ethiopians, has been used as a symbol of freedom in the Continent.
Since then the victory coupled with the formation of Pan-Africanism and the struggle against apartheid agreeably became an emblem to African freedom. The 1960s also saw the formation of the Organization of African Union (now African Union). The union was established to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its Member States and promote global relations within the framework of the United Nations.
The African Union Commission is headquartered in Addis Ababa while the Pan African Parliament is situated in Johannesburg and Midrand. Pan-Africanism is a worldwide intellectual movement that aims to encourage and strengthen bonds of solidarity between all people of African lineages. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to "unify and uplift" people of African descent. The ideology asserts that the fate of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. At its core Pan-Africanism is "a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the Diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny".
Besides the Adwa Victory, Pan-Africanism and Nelson Mandela’s lifelong struggle to eradicate apartheid, has encouraged and strengthened solidarity among African descents. Strange as it seems, these days there have been incidents of discrimination and violence on African immigrants by Africans. What happened in South Africa recently was shocking if not embarrassing. Many incidents of xenophobic attacks were reported in the country while the tension between immigrants and local community has tightened dimming the legacy of the great son Africa, Mandel.
Africans are asking as to why incidents of xenophobic violence are only being carried out on African migrants. This is perhaps the product of colonialism. It behooves the African elite, scholars, politicians to put an end to the matter, which goes against what Mandela and his fellow activists had fought for.
BY GEMECHU KEDIR
Do you think that elders seeking alms on the road should be supported or not? Negligence in thinking about them implies social irresponsibility. It as well implies lack of virtuous citizens having a whole-rounded personality. In their day to day activities people face various obstacles while striving to fulfil their basic needs. Such failures are not sole failures of individuals they are also the failures of the community, the country and the world in general.
Nowadays it doesn't come as a surprise to see people exposed to different difficulties in life. Via different mechanisms people around the globe lend hands to improve the fate of people in the lower income bracket. While disbursing social aids the elderly, people living with disability and children are made to enjoy advantageous treatment. Since they are physically less active, it is a social and morale responsibility to support them. That is why volunteerism is actively growing worldwide. Various social protection programmes are designed to enhance the people's safety worldwide. Chief among these is food security and nutrition aid programme.
According to the world social protection report 2014/15: pertaining to building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice, only 27 per cent of the global population enjoys access to comprehensive social security. Social protection is a key policy tool to reduce poverty and inequality while stimulating inclusive growth by boosting the health and capacity of vulnerable segments of society, increasing their productivity, supporting domestic demand and facilitating the structural transformation of national economies.
Social protection or safety-net is ideal to the poor who are vulnerable to hunger, through protecting them from shocks and stresses throughout their lives. It also plays a greater role in reducing poverty and inequality while supporting inclusive growth. Implementing this programme would tackle premature mortality, diseases and crises that might happen due to malnutrition.
Recently, the Addis Ababa City Administration has announced that it has finalized preparations to start a safety-net programme to embrace residents of the city in the low income bracket. The first phase of the urban safety-net programme will benefit more than 126 thousand residents. Out of this, more than 35 thousand are youths. And some 23 thousand people will be directly funded while there is a plan to involve them in development activities like ensuring greenery, urban sanitation, flood controlling and other community development schemes.
Adding this year's safety-net programme indicates in the course of the next three years more than 400 thousand lower-income city residents will be taken aboard the programme.
The beneficiaries selection was started last Monday. This urban safety-net programme will cover 35 districts out of 126 districts in the whole sub-cities of the capital. More than 450 million USD is allocated for the program. The Ethiopian government has allocated 150 million USD while the World Bank 300 million USD.
Addis Ababa City Mayor Driba Kuma said that the selection process of the needy and lower-income residents will be done through the active participation of the community to help the right one to be included. To see to beneficiaries are only city residents care will be exercised throughout the selection process.
Manager of Addis Ababa City Administration Micro and Small-scale Enterprises Desta Fitsum said that the level of poverty in the districts was the prime inclusion criteria. the program will be implemented accordingly.
He emphasized that the program constitutes five projects including urban clean and green economy, coordinated urban sewage project, dry waste management and avoidance, facilitating urban agriculture and implementing infrastructures in the selected woredas.
A resident of the city whom this reporter approached and who wanted to remain anonymous said that “I live with a family size of five. Following the recent price hike on food items or basic consumption goods have thrown people in the lower-income bracket off balance even if they try to manage working to the bone day and night. Owing to this it is hard for me to fulfil the need of my family. And if I get the opportunity to be assisted by this programme it will enable me find other sustainable ways to get out from a hand-to-mouth life.”
Social safety-net is applied in different countries when natural or man made hazards surface while other times for maintaining a moderate life. It might be a collection of services provided by the state or other institutions such as friendly societies, including welfare, unemployment benefit, universal healthcare, homeless shelters, and sometimes subsidized services such as public transport, which prevent individuals from falling into the quagmire of poverty.
BY TEWODROS KASSA
Professor Andrew DeCort visiting Ethiopia's beauty
Development and ethics are said to have an inseparable connection. In any practical life instance, the way, the motives, the means and the consequence of how things are accomplished have deep rooted aspect in ethics. In other words, the way the technical aspect is employed is the very crucial aspect of development. To see this fact in an example, there are circumstances where buildings start to crack immediately after they are inaugurated and sometimes even before they get inaugurated.
The various cheatings, theft, corruption, impartiality, lack of transparency and the various crimes covered under the name of development are becoming ethical concerns of development. That is why we said that the technical aspect of development is not the only component of development. There is a human side for every development. Any sort of progress or development that goes on without considering this human side is not a long lasting development. If we forget the comfort, the advantage and the consequences of development to human element, we may end up with losing the fruitfulness of development. Hence, scholars in development ethics suggested that every development should be processed under the umbrella of the dignity and value for humanity.
Ethical development which fully entertains fairness and justice is also essential for political stability. From the practice of working for development, an ethical reflection has gradually come about, which stresses the ethical aspects of development, without which there is no human development strictly speaking. The other basic component of ethical development is the need for working fairly on human development through education to give equal opportunity for citizens to compete in life.
Scholars on development and ethics usually assess the ends and means of local, national, regional and global development. National policymakers, project managers, grassroots communities, and international aid donors involved in development in poor countries often confront moral questions in their work. The scholars recognize that social-scientific theories of “development” and "underdevelopment” have ethical as well as empirical and policy components. They formulate ethical principles relevant to social change in poor countries; and they also analyze and assess the moral dimensions of development theories and seek to resolve the moral quandaries lurking in development policies and practice.
All nations in the world wanted to develop. This is common for all but are all development paths, means and motives ethical in all instances? This is a point of debate for centuries.
According to Professor Andrew DeCort the connection between development and ethics is like that of the closer relationship that exists between a tree and soil, lungs and oxygen, the eyes and sun light, as well as the blood and the heart. For him development means something that goes beyond to grow and rise. How can we grow and develop in to more human flourishing manner, in the natural order, in our education, in our trade, commerce, political decision making, in our organizations, in our communities, mentor responsibilities are issues that ought to be considered in development according to Professor Andrew DeCort.
“Unless we have an ethical vision we can’t know what that means. Analyzing what it means to be human and how humans can grow is an inherently ethical question. When development is divorced from ethics it is like turning off the light. It is also a tree divorced from the soil, lungs divorced from oxygen, or the eyes from the sun light and/ or a blood from the heart."
The professor goes on saying that at an individual level, education and cultivation of the mind, play for children, relations among humans, animals and environment as well as free speech are at the heart of individual development ethical issues. "There are different dimensions of human development. If our society is not developing in an environmentally conscious manner for example, we are in danger. Development is fundamentally ethical. The problem is we often ignore this and pretend that development is merely technical. How do we make more money, how do we create more jobs, how do we prevent political conflict, how do we enlarge our GDP and export are of course important aspects of development but the technical question does not exhaust the ethical questions in point," he added.
For example, various public places are not developed in different nations respecting the dignity of humanity. They rarely look green and attractive to look at. But such places could be a place where the public is encouraged to meet, to discuss, to play, to create, to enjoy celebrating nature, to exchange ideas, to create beauty, to represent culture. Trying to make a pleasant environment is not luxury though often considered to be like that. This is often misunderstood because we have limited and impoverished knowledge of what development is. Development is not just building shiny buildings and paving wide roads, those things are important but development is encouraging to public life and to celebrate nature together. It is not only technical and functional even if these are crucial but development also creates beauty, a place for human meeting, play, relaxation, recreation as well. If we look at our city, we can see that there is disconnection between ethics and development. Although we see an increase in some technical matters of development in which it is very good, we also see a very limited imagination for what are human relationship with nature like, the relationship of nature with one another, children play ground, care for nature, public places where we can display cultural and art work, creativity. The professor goes on deducing, “Just as we cannot take a tree out of its root, we cannot separate ethics from development. Thus, one of the crucial things that we need to do is to reconcile the divorced ethics and development in our development endeavors.”
BY YARED GEBREMEDEN
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diaspora Policy 2013, Ethiopian Diaspora, residing oversees in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the rest of Africa, are estimated at 2 million.
Over the course of the history of this nation, hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have migrated to different countries throughout the world in search of work, business and educational opportunities. In addition, others also left their home land through DV Lottery Programs, specifically to the USA.
During the totalitarian regime of the Derge, thousands of Ethiopians have legally or illegally migrated to foreign countries to escape from the so called Red Terror that was unleashed by the Derge on the Ethiopian youth.
Despite the plight they had to sustain, Ethiopians and citizens of Ethiopian origin have continued to relate to their families and relatives at home. Thousands of them have been sending remittances to their families and continued to pay visit to their homeland whenever the situation is conducive. Ethiopians, particularly women and girls who migrated to countries of the Middle East have continued to maintain relatively closer contacts with their families and friends at home. Despite the agony they had to sustain in the hands of their employers, they have remained in touch with their country.
Despite a whole range of unfavorable circumstances, Ethiopians and citizens of Ethiopian origin have also been contributing to GERD, the flagship project of Ethiopian unity and symbol of self reliance and sustainable development.
Over the last 15 years, thousands of Ethiopians in the Diaspora have tried to make use of the economic liberalization policies issued during and after the transition period to invest in Ethiopia. Based on the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs and National Security Policy and Strategy document, in 2013 a Diaspora Policy was issued by the government with the objective of ‘Building a strong relationship between the Diaspora and their country of origin and encouraging and facilitating conducive environment for the participation of the Diaspora on ongoing peace and democratic system building process to benefit their county, be benefited from their engagement and preserve their rights and interests abroad are the main objectives of the Policy.”
In this policy document, it is stated that Ethiopians in the Diaspora could play an important role in carrying out research and investing at home. In addition, they could win friends for Ethiopia and try to influence their country of residence to cooperate with Ethiopia.
The document outlines basic strategies to be implemented in enabling Ethiopians in the Diaspora. Among other things, the policy document provides opportunities for the Diaspora to share their skills in their fields of specialization in the areas of trade, import, export and related areas.
Furthermore, the policy document states that special promotion, and credit services package shall be prepared for members of the Diaspora who wish to participate in identifying, producing and distributing commodities especially traditional handcraft products that can be marked in countries where large number of Diaspora reside.
It is beyond doubt that Ethiopia is home to various cultural heritages and is rich in intangible and tangible cultural and religious artifacts. Ethiopia’s traditional costumes and cotton fabrics worn by various nations, nationalities and peoples in the country, traditional embroideries and ornaments made of silver, bronze and gold are yet to be promoted on the global market. Ethiopians and citizens of Ethiopian origin have both the capacity and policy support to engage themselves in promoting and marketing such products on the global market.
Ethiopia has quite a number of world class models and fashion designers who can engage in promoting the traditional clothes of various nations, nationalities and peoples in the country. They can engage themselves in investing on industrial parks that are deliberately established for this purpose. While attaining huge financial benefits for themselves, those Ethiopians in the Diaspora can help to build the image of their motherland in different countries of their residence. Some attempts might have been made by individual Ethiopians in oversees but more is to be desired in exploiting such international opportunities like AGOA for exporting cultural commodities to the USA and other countries.
Ethiopian nationals and citizens of Ethiopian origin can coordinate with government ministries and sector offices to organize international expos or participate actively in such events to contribute their part in supporting Ethiopia’s expos that are periodically staged in foreign countries or here in the country.
Apart from engaging in the above mentioned development undertakings; Ethiopians in the Diaspora have excellent opportunities to systematically mobilize foreign nationals who have already adopted thousands of children from Ethiopia. Quite a number of the adoptive families are potential sources of FDI on traditional commodities in Ethiopia.
Among other things, the Diaspora Policy encourages citizens in the Diaspora to participate in Ethiopia’s tourism industry, such as in tour operation and organizing multi-media products that are instrumental to enhance tourism in the country. Compared to the nation’s potentials, very little has so far been done to boost the country’s tourist industry. Ethiopian citizens oversees have multi-faceted opportunities to engage in tourism either individually and preferably in groups for instance by forming share companies.
Quite a number of artifacts and manuscripts have been looted from Ethiopia by travelers and individuals with the intention of gaining personal benefits from the sale of these historical relics. Besides quite a few manuscripts and personal properties of Ethiopian emperors are on display in various museums abroad. The government has been working on retrieving these historical and cultural artifacts as it succeeded in the past in bringing back the stele of Axum and Crosses of Lalibela. Ethiopians and citizens of Ethiopian origin can effectively engage themselves to advocate for the return of historical relics that are the sole properties of the peoples of Ethiopia.
Ethiopians in the Diaspora have ample opportunities of exposure to modern and advanced technologies and they can transfer them to their country, especially to the targeted investment focus areas favored by the government’s development strategy.
Research on development policies of the country both at macro and micro levels will help to further enrich development policies and strategies of the country. Citizens in the Diaspora can replicate their knowledge and skills to contribute their part by adding values to the nation’s GTP programs through sector oriented researches that can help policy makers to chart out long term development strategies. Such involvement can specifically enhance the development industries that are geared towards manufacturing export standard commodities to close foreign exchange gaps.
Apart from issuing favorable Diaspora oriented policies, further efforts need to be made by the government to minimize unnecessary red tape that could easily discourage citizens in the Diaspora who have genuine desire to invest in their country. Although there are positive developments in this direction, a lot more has to be done in cooperation with the Diaspora Association.
All told, it is difficult to conclude that Ethiopia is exploiting the potentials of its citizens in the Diaspora. There is indeed more to be desired in this area. A concerted effort by all, including various ministries, professional associations and civil society organizations is required to scale up the role of Ethiopians and citizens of Ethiopian origin in foreign lands.
BY SOLOMON DIBABA
Now, talks regarding the need for accommodating views of political parties and entertaining diverse positions are echoing from various direction. Senior government officials of the incumbent are reaffirming and advocating the widening of the political space in the nation. This has been reiterated in various public forums especially on the wake of the deep renewal undertaken by the government at all levels recently.
Active political party's engagement is one form of the democratization process. And for countries like Ethiopia, democracy is a matter of survival. And active political parties' engagement in the nation is one form and/or manifestation of the democratization process. Widening the political space through the direct participation of the public is one of the main issues and part of the Ethiopia's reform. The government and the people should come closer in an open platform to discuss on national affairs to have consensus on what is going on and what will be going.
In his recent speeches, Prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the government recognizes citizens' want to participate through various associations, and this should be made a point.
Furthermore, he said that the ruling party will negotiate with relevant entities, including opposition parties, on the kind of electoral system the country needs and on accommodating the voice of the people from every corner.
According to the premier, Ethiopia is willing to further widen political space to entertain diverse political ideologies. He said "We are also working very hard on developing our nascent and fledgling democracy and good governance."
The government has taken note of the shortcomings in such areas, he said, expressing further commitment from his government will be there to engage with different groups of the society,allowing more political space.
According to political parties, joint national political parties council has been established to promote dialogue among parties and solve challenges of the nation together. And the council is playing role in widening the political space in the nation.
Many in the political science stream and party people stresses that the council will be instrumental in addressing challenges which may occur during the course of election in addition to helping them reach consensus on national issues and agendas.
According to the ruling party EPRDF and opposition parties are taking part in the joint council, this political platform will definitely create strong forum for political parties to have a better political struggle using the widened political space in line with respecting the electoral law. This will also contribute to strengthening multiparty system by bringing together various parties with different agendas in such a way of building their capacity.
The ruling party is working hard to build capacity of the parties through the council, said EPRDF public relation head Redai Halefom recently. According to him, EPRDF has been addressing issues upon the request of the parties.
It is believed that the issue of good governance and a better democratic platform is the issue of all that needs a joint intervention. Hence, the government is showing its commitment to create an open dialogue with opposition parties and society members at various levels.
The existence of diverse parties, which are actively engaged in the process of nation building is significant. The platform which is definitely hoped to entertain diverse view of the different parties that exists in the nation enables a democratic nation to learn from each other and to share wisdom that will pull the nation out of the quagmire of poverty. It is this way that Ethiopia's multiparty system would flourish and national consensus will be achieved to propel the nation forward on the avenue of peace,democracy and development. Coming together, creating open dialogue and sharing the best citizens have for their nation is what is needed with the space widened.
The platform should not be a forum for disputing, widening difference or hatred. Rather it should have a civilized and democratic way for open dialogue having the 100 million citizens of the nation at the center and the heart. After all everybody should talk about one common nation, that is Ethiopia. The platform should have a careful heeding and humble way of taking lessons so as to implement them for the maximum benefit of the people and government of Ethiopia. Here one thing to be noted is that there should also be a culture of respecting our political differences that could not be reconciled. But this all presupposes an open mind to understand each other.
Widening the political space needs an open door of our mind and heart. If for example we invite a guest to our house closing all doors is not a humble and cordial way of inviting people. The same is true regarding sniffing for relevant knowledge and underplaying them. I think all the parties engaging in the council should have an open heart, mind and door to welcome those relevant but diverse thoughts. This is what is crucial for Nation building and for the Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia. So opening and widening the space and door of politics is relevant to build a common nation. Regardless of the diverse political stance, ethnic identity and attitude that all may have, all are citizens of the nation. And the idea, knowledge and skill they have would absolutely vary. And widening the political space is now taken as something mandatory by the government of Ethiopia, which is good.
To sum up, building a national council is a step taken by the government of Ethiopia. And it is also important to allow parties at the state level to have their voices heard. And efforts also should be there to include opposition parties working at the state level at their own respective states political councils as well to have a full-range of diversity represented across the nation.
WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti called on every person to Be Bold for Change to play a part in helping to drive better outcomes for women.
In her message concerning march 8, she said; currently, women and girls carry a significant burden of ill-health in the Region. Young girls who become pregnant are likely to be poor, married early, be illiterate or have little education.
Adolescent girls are more likely to have unmet needs for family planning, leading to unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions. Around 20 million unsafe abortions occur worldwide each year, and 6.2 million take place in the African region. Unsafe abortions are preventable, yet they continue to pose undue risks to a woman’s health and may endanger her life, Moeti said.
Citing various studies, she indicated that child marriage and intimate partner violence all put women and girls at greater risk for HIV. They are more likely to have forced and/or risky sex and may be less able to negotiate using protection which increases the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
She further said that women and girls are marginalized on multiple levels, especially if they are poor, young, and live in rural areas. The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close for another 169 years. That seems insurmountable. It must change.
Skilled attendance at birth is one of the most important strategies for improving maternal and neonatal deaths. Investment in girls’ education has yielded lower maternal and infant deaths, lower rates of HIV and AIDS, and better child nutrition. Girls with secondary schooling are up to six times less likely to marry as children than those with little or no education.
In the African Region, empowering women and improving equitable access to health care, particularly across urban-rural divides, will promote health for women, girls and their families.
The Millennium Development Goals showed what could be done with ambitious targets. Maternal mortality rates dropped by 45 per cent worldwide, more women are represented in parliaments, and more girls attend school than ever before. The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and WHO’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health continue that momentum.
“I have a vision for a transformed Africa which upholds and empowers women and girls for the benefit of all society. I call on men and women, communities and governments: Be bold for change and end all discrimination against women. This is the way to a more equitable, healthy and prosperous Region.”
BY GIRMACHEW GASHAW
The Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam trophy tour at the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) State raised over 300 million Birr.
The trophy had so far made its journey into three zones and one special woreda of the regional state and would also tour other zone and three special zones in the months to come, indicated State's Office for the Coordination and Public Participation on GERD.
During the trophy tour, the residents pledged to continue supports for the flagship project, according to Office Director Fasika Getachew.
The contributions made by the public demonstrated the national and regional consensus created on the project, he added. “It is planned to raise up to 500 million Birr.”
Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, recently announced a 56 per cent completion of the project.
The construction of the Dam is being funded by the people and government of Ethiopia.
Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Dam also planned to collect 1.8 billion Birr from fund raising programs that will be held in connection with the 6th anniversary of the Dam, according to Fana Broadcasting Corporate.
BY MENGESTEAB TSHOME
President Dr. Mulatu Teshome conferred with a World Vision delegation from South Korea's Chungbuk state Wednesday on the issue of assistance regarding rural development and technical and vocational education in Ethiopia.
Head of delegation and Owner as well as Chairperson of Dongyang Daily Newspaper, Jo Cheol – Ho said that the state is the most active in Korea in showing support and love to the Korean war veterans and children of Ethiopia.
The Chungbuk State and Dongyang Daily Newspaper have donated over 40 million Birr to support the TVET institute in Shiromeda, said Jo Cheol – Ho. He further added that they have intentions to extend their support to Ethiopia in 2017 with regard to rural development which will be carried out through World Vision Ethiopia.
“For the last 22 years the Chungbuk people have been supporting education projects here, and as we came to visit the sites we wanted to pay a courtesy visit to the President” asserted the Chairperson. He further added that in light of the fact that the two countries are interconnected specially after the war, there should be a continuous communication to sustain the relations.
According to Abraham Girmay, a Seniour Communications Expert at the Presidents office, after appreciating the efforts of the Chungbuk people and World Vision Ethiopia for their support to the country, the President emphasized the importance of development cooperation.
Alex Whitney, Integrated Programmes Director at World Vision Ethiopia for his part said that the organization has been operational for over 40 years in the areas of health access, education, and literacy in Ethiopia and woks in partnership with various donors in the world including North Korea.
BY HOMA MULISA
Senegalese Amb. Baye Moctar Moroccan Amb. Nezha ALAOUI M'HAMDI Sri Lakan Amb. Dassanayake Mudiyanselage
Sumith Priyantha Dassanayake
Sudanese Amb. Gamal El-Shiekh Iranian Amb. Behzad Khakpour Maltese Amb. Paolo Borin
President Dr. Mulatu Teshome yesterday received letters of credence of six new ambassadors of Senegal, Morocco, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Iran and Malta to Ethiopia yesterday at the National Palace.
Spokesman of Foreign Affairs Tewelde Mulugeta who attended the talks said that the president and the newly appointed ambassadors had fruitful discussions where they agreed to boost the bilateral ties of the respective countries.
The ambassadors pledged to work hard to strengthen the relation between their respective countries and Ethiopia during their tenure.
Moroccan Ambassador Nezha ALAOUI M'HAMDI, Sri Lakan Dassanayake Mudiyanselage Sumith Priyantha Dassanayake, Sudanese Gamal El-shiekh Ahmed Osman, Iranian Behzad Khakpour Maltese Ambassador Paolo Borin
BY DESTA GEBREHIWOT
The Health Ministry is in process to scale up Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) service to threat cervical cancer patients across the country.
Cervical Cancer focal person with the ministry Tagelech Moges yesterday said other than providing cancer screening test and medication in 118 health facilities, the government has been actively engaging in cervical cancer awareness creation and immunization service.
“Though the service is accessible, the society has not yet been familiarized with it,” she said, adding that the ministry has set to train health extension workers in a bid to raise awareness of the public concerning cervical cancer and its symptoms.
Indicating that Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have been on the rise worldwide, Tagelech noted that around 40 per cent of fellow citizens perish due to NCDs every year.
As LEEP service is being given in five major hospitals, the ministry is working to expand such service to 25 health facilities, she added.
Pathfinder Ethiopia country representative Dr. Mengistu Asnake said to reach more women with accessible, minimally invasive treatment options, pathfinder expanded treatment service in Ethiopia by introducing the LEEP which is an outpatient procedure that can be performed locally.
Through the project, pathfinder would strengthen national capacity to support comprehensive facility based services; promote community awareness of cervical cancer prevention and establish strategic alliance and partnership to expand service use, he added.
LEEP service was introduced in Ethiopia in 2012.
BY GIRMACHEW GASHAW