Re-post: Smart Global Health Mailing List
Ethiopia has attracted global attention for its leadership in advancing family planning. Contraceptive use rose from 15% in 2005 to 29% in 2011, due largely to the government’s ambitious Health Extension Program. The U.S. has made significant investments in Ethiopia’s health and development programs, and has been a critical partner in its achievements in family planning.
To examine the impact of family planning in Ethiopia and its linkages with broader health and development goals, CSIS visited Ethiopia to produce a video and to lead a delegation in February 2014. The delegation included bipartisan staff from three congressional offices, and from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Hope Through Healing Hands.
This blog discusses the CSIS video and the delegation’s findings, which focus on the opportunities and challenges presented by Ethiopia’s program. The delegation’s report underscores the importance of continuing U.S. global leadership in family planning, and calls on the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress to use upcoming opportunities in 2014 to demonstrate the U.S. commitment. Despite multiple enduring challenges, Ethiopia’s program offers important lessons for other countries, and for U.S. policy.