PROGRESS work in Ethiopia focused on the technical areas of expanding the contraceptive method mix and capacity building and crosscutting research utilization. Through PROGRESS, FHI 360 provided technical assistance to Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) for the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of family planning expansion. The FMOH implemented the expansion through various partners, including the Integrated Family Health Program administered jointly by Pathfinder International and John Snow, Inc.
Family planning expansion in Ethiopia is part of an initiative launched in 2003 by the FMOH to expand primary health care coverage to rural areas, where 85 percent of Ethiopians live. The initiative includes the development of health extension workers as a new cadre of health workers who are being trained to provide a package of primary health care services, including family planning. To read about Ethiopia's success so far in increasing the use of family planning, read this report [PDF, 1 MB].
The M&E technical assistance provided by FHI 360's PROGRESS project aimed to build the capacity of federal, regional and local Ministry of Health staff to monitor and evaluate the expansion. PROGRESS provided support to the FMOH on a wide range of M&E activities, including:
PROGRESS (Program Research for Strengthening Services) was a five-year project awarded to FHI 360 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in June 2008. The project sought to improve access to family planning among underserved populations by providing global technical leadership and working in selected countries.