The United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) is the UNs sexual and reproductive health agency to provides reproductive health care for women and youth. It is active in over 150 countries worldwide. On March 28, 2022, UNFPA and Japan Embassy launched a 1-year project to support 80,000 people in eight districts in Amhara and two districts in Benshangul Gumuz, Ethiopia. The eight districts in Amhara consist of North Shoa, West Gojam, Awi, and Oromo Nationality Zones, while the two districts in Benshangul Gumuz consist of the Metekel Zone.
The project is titled “Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)” and will be effective starting from March 2022 to March 2023. It focuses on women and girls. It provides life-saving information and services essential to restoring the health system severely affected by conflicts and COVID. The project aims to reinforce institutional capacity by training service providers on Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV). It helps communities by providing supplies like personal protective equipment, emergency reproductive health kits, and ambulances.
This project is part of UNFPA’s ninth country program that began in 2020 and will run until 2025. It is implemented according to the main national concerns of the government. UNFPA Officer-in-Charge in Ethiopia, Esperance Fundira, stated that the project would reach the most vulnerable people affected by COVID-and conflict in the selected districts of the regions.
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