In 2019 we constructed the Aydafer Health Post, a new health service that is providing life-saving primary medical care to a rural community of 8,000 people. The Health Post is staffed by two female Health Extension Workers that are trained and employed within the government health system.
Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for women of child bearing age in Ethiopia. Most of these maternal deaths are preventable with access to high quality care in pregnancy, and during and after childbirth. At the forefront of this work are the Health Extension Workers. Their role with mothers and babies is essential and involves providing: prenatal and postnatal care; contraceptives; vaccinations; malnutrition treatment; and hygiene education.
This project supports and strengthens the health care system in Ethiopia, particularly for rural families. It will make a lasting impact on the long-term health of this growing community and Ethiopia’s overall progress on maternal and child health.