Health program

Mission/objective statement of the Program

·     Compression health services for susceptible and vulnerable group of populations in throughout country.


o   Providing maternal, neonatal and child health packages and prevent a majority of our population, from illness, death and disability.

o   Reduce vulnerability among OVC and their families by providing  essential quality services through strengthen community based holistic psychosocial support

o   Improve hygiene and sanitation practices in rural and urban areas by increasing hygiene and sanitation access in an equitable and sustainable manner.

Major theme of programs/ projects

1.    Maternal new born and child health (Reproductive Health)

2.    Prevention, Care and Support

·         Holistic psychosocial and nutritional  support

·         HIV/AIDS, TB and other diseases prevention care control

·         Promotion of Hygiene and sanitation 

Geographic intervention areas

·         All over the country

·         Number of employees and volunteers under the program

·         Project manager, coordinators and officers =34

·         Social Workers in projects =55

·         community volunteers =536

·         Number of grad, current and planned beneficiaries

·         Total 25,328

·         Partners and primary stakeholders

·         PACT/USAID, KNH, MCC, World Vision, EGST/Sweden Church, EFIDDA/Global Fund 

·         Major achievements of the program/project : Major achievements of the EIFDDA GF Project: Since the year 2011, a total of 3,725 needy OVC were supported with educational materials; a total of 1,398 needy OVC got nutritional supports, community conversations were effectively held in a total of 138 sites;  316 needy and active older OVC and their guardians were made to engage in Income Generating Activities (IGA) and 75% of them were able to run small-scale businesses; and hundreds of people from various stakeholders trained on various child-related topics.


Stories of Transformation

·         On Community Conversation against HIV/AIDS and OVC Care and Support

·         South ShewaKetena KHC Kaleheywet Local Churches CC groups in Hadiya Zone


·         In these community conversation sites, because of the well-managed conversation, social and behavioral changes have been brought on the lives of the youth. Couples for marriage are not allowed to marry if not tested for HIV. In addition, members of the discussion could avoid harmful traditional practices as a result of the consensus reached after discussions. For example, a girl by the name KidistYohannes, refused to get circumcised to be an exemplary to her peers. Due to her decision not to be circumcised, she told the monitoring team members that her female friends have learned from her and again decided not to get circumcised to avoid female genital mutilation (FGM).

ü  Fig  KidistYohannes at UyayaKebele – an exemplary girl against harmful traditional practices as a result of CC

ü  It is also by the Uyaya and Aneshokira CC group that 26 OVC got support of exercise books and clothes; that 80 OVC were made to attend alternative basic schools constructed by the group itself. This CC group hired 2 teachers for the students. The groups started poultry production to generate income for the OVC support. They also made 120 people to get VCT and the Woreda Health center wrote to them and to the church a letter of recommendation. In addition, the groups constructed a lot wooden bridges linking their villages to others. House maintenance was also made for 5 aged and weak individuals by the CC group.

ü  These conversation groups were highly committed ones, which proved that mobilizing the church community for social problems is a successful strategy. The conversation facilitators’ and church leaders’ commitment is appreciable.

ü  Fig 5 Uyaya Local Kaleheywet Church Conversation Group under Vist

ü  On IGA (OVC Support)

ü  Ato Ahmed Soahil at Dessie Medan ACTS

ü  Ahmed is 38 years old, living at Worbabo town Kebele 01. His wife died and he lives with his three children. Ahmed was earning income by digging stone to support his family, which was not enough to fulfill their basic needs.

ü  He was included in small IGA program of EKHC Dessie Medan ACTS project and given basic small-scale business training and strong encouragement with only Birr 5,409.10 (five thousand four hundred nine Birr and ten cents) (IGA). He bought three donkeys, two goats and hens. Due to the scarcity of water in the town, Ahmed was using the three donkeys to carry water form spring and sells for the people by charging Birr 18.00 in each trip.

ü  Nowadays, He supports his three children by fulfilling their basic needs and built a new house having 3 rooms with tin roof. He has a total capital of about Birr160,000.00 (one hundred sixty thousand Birr). Ato Ahmed stated,

ü  Previously we were living with fire stove, children and all domestic animals in the same small grass roofed house, but now thanks to the Kale Heywet church project, we live at separate room from domestic animals and I became an ‘investor’.

ü  Fig 9 Ato Ahmed Soahil improves the life of himself and his family through building a very much improved house (left – his previous thatched hut; right – his new home built of corrugated iron sheets)

Future plan and sustainability strategy of the program/project

·         Work with local government

·         Strengthening the OVC Trust Funds established in different Woredas to take over the support of needy OVC (sustainability strategy through community mobilization)


Pictures of project implementation, people with stories of transformation, geographic area, key staff members and others as appropriate

Fig 15 The training session at Jimma (opening speech and facilitation process)


Fig 16 Feeding Demonstration at Jimma



Fig 17 Yenenesh Tomas, a woman who gave birth to twins (BereketZerihun and TadesseZerihun, age 6 months), living at MejaKebele of SahsemeneWoreda – beneficiaries among the feeding demonstration

Fig 18 Fathers/husbands showing their responsibilities of feeding their infants – Sashemene and Mojo (Evangelist Abdi Kuniso and his wife TigistHirpo and their baby daughter Lalise Abdi, 2 years old; DinkuHirpo with his wife BeletuKasaye and their baby, FeyeraDinku, 1 month old; and TeferaFetene with his wife YewerkuwaGirma and their baby Bethlehem Tefera, age 3 months)


WomberaWoreda “Sira Le Edget Vegetable and Energy Saving Stove Production and Distribution Association” IGA (2014-2015)

An IGA group in WomberaWoreda was organized in 2014. Primarily the group’s members were engaged in production of vegetables like cabbages, onions, and of grasses for decoration of house floors. In addition to the production of vegetables, they were also made to produce modern energy saving stoves and selling them to the residents in their communities.

In our monitoring visit at Wombera in 2015 we found that the IGA group members had produced enough number of those stoves through two machines purchased from Bahir Dar Town. The group members informed the visiting team that the general step of producing the stoves was as follows:

·         Concrete is made (from sand and cement) and filled into the stove frame, which is the machine.

·         On the seventh day the concrete is removed from the frame.

·         That removed concrete from the frame takes on the shape of a stove – a smart stove is produced.

The price they have fixed for one stove was previously Birr 200.00, but the customers negotiated and the group members lowered it to Birr 150.00. Accordingly, until the visit day they have produced 10 stoves as a trail. Four of the stoves were sold for Birr 200.00, and two for Birr 150.00, totaling the income of Birr 1,100.00 (one thousand one hundred Birr). The rest six stoves were used by the group members themselves.

The monitoring team understood from the group IGA that there was a marketing problem with this group, and the members insisted that the awareness of the residents of the Wombera rural town was still so lower that purchasing and using energy saving modern stoves needs to be promoted throughout the area. The organizer and technical supporter of the IGA group members, AtoTewodrosFeyissa, from WomberaWoreda Agriculture Development Office informed that although for now the marketing opportunity for the members is low, that is they could not sell more number of stoves, a local non-governmental organization known as SLM (Sustainable Land Management) has promised to purchase their products and distribute them into the area. Since this organization has a wider reputation in promoting such products, it is anticipated that the rural community would use energy saving stoves more effectively.

The representative of the IGA group reported that the group will enhance rather on the vegetable production and that they are ready to clear their vegetable plot on December 2015 and plant cabbages. It is recalled that this group earned Birr 5,250.00 from a one round vegetable sale last year. The following are active members of the group:

1.    Wro. Dembele Yadeta

2.    Wro. Tsehaynesh Feyissa

3.    Wro. Beshe Simegn

4.    Wro. AyaneJaleta

5.    Wro. Merartu Geleta

Fig 2 Energy Saving modern stoves, their frames and group members

Fig 3 Vegetable (cabbage production) by WomberaWoreda IGA Group