U.S. to invest 387 mln USD in Ethiopia’s Health Sector

The United States has made significant investments in Ethiopia's health sector

Addis Ababa, June 11, 2010 (ENA) – The U.S. government will invest 387 million USD to support the health sector in Ethiopia, Embassy of the United States to Ethiopia said.

According to a press statement sent to ENA on Friday, the Embassy said the United States’ programs are aligned with Ethiopia’s five-year health sector development plan.

The assistance is provided through the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others.

The statement said the U.S. government is strongly committed to the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

It said under PEPFAR, the U.S. has committed approximately 32 billion USD towards HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs worldwide . Ethiopia is a major recipient of PEPFAR support and has already received nearly 1.52 billion USD.

The United States has made significant investments in Ethiopia’s health sector infrastructure through the construction and renovation of hospitals, regional laboratories, health centers and pharmaceutical warehouses, the statement said.