June 1, 2012
The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health has presented the 2012 Resolve Award to four countries including Ethiopia.
The Award recognizes the enormous progress the country has made towards making family planning and reproductive health services accessible to all of its citizens.
Ethiopia has been working aggressively to promote family planning and reproductive health services in the last 20 years. Studies indicate that in the stated period the country has been able to double the number of women benefiting from family planning services.
It has also doubled its use of contraceptives from 15 percent to 29 percent and cut average desired family size from 6-7 to 3-4.
Handing over the Award to employees and officials of the Ministry of Health on Thursday, the State Minister, Dr. Kebede Worku said activities being undertaken by the Ministry are bearing fruits.
Dr. Kebede noted that the Award will encourage the staff to uphold best practices and tackle challenges in the health sector.
According to ERTA Malawi, Nepal and Rwanda are the other countries that have received the 2012 Resolve Award.