Developing countries should mirror Ethiopia: Intrahealth Int'l

Addis Ababa, 13 November 2013 (WIC) - The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Intrahealth International Pape Gaye claims other countries in the developing world should follow Ethiopia's lead in the battle to improve reproductive health. Gaye was speaking following the third annual Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Brazil. He explained that one of the main talking points at the conference concerned a worldwide need for more health workers.

According to comments he made to Addis Fortune, the measures taken by the Ethiopian government - which have seen them employ 30,000 'extension health workers' - have yielded dramatic improvements in common reproductive health issues.

During the last eight years, the proportion of couples using contraception has risen from 14 per cent to 29 per cent. This summer, Ethiopia also achieved the UN's Millennium Development Goal 4, which aims to reduce infant mortality rates. Gaye said: "The country put its money where its mouth was, and deployed tens of thousands of government-salaried health extension workers throughout the country. And the results have been astounding." (FIGO)