World Health Organization (WHO) Ethiopia scales up interventions to respond to gender-based violence in conflict affected regions of Ethiopia – African Business
Afar Regional Health Bureau has received a field vehicle and an emergency vehicle from the World Health Organization (WHO). The ambulance was procured with funding from the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office as part of its support to improving essential health service delivery at war-affected health facilities in northern Ethiopia, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health services, and will be used for reproductive, maternal and child health services at Dupti Hospital, including for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).
“WHO is pleased to partner with UK AID to support improvement of essential health service delivery including sexual reproductive health services, clinical care of gender-based violence, mental health and psychosocial support for the people of Afar region.”
Dr Dereje Duguma, State Minister of Health, commented during the handing over event, “We commend the colleagues who are on the ground serving our people in Afar, and we thank WHO Ethiopia for the continued technical and material support to strengthen the health system.”
The donation is part of WHO’s support to restoration of health facilities damaged by the conflict. The vehicles will aid in improving the public health services of the Afar Region.
The vehicles that were donated to the health boards will help to strengthen the region’s health system and improve public health services. WHO has deployed qualified staff to aid local authorities in rebuilding health facilities and services in conflict-affected countries.
WHO also provides medicines and medical supplies to Afar region. They also train frontline health workers to enhance their capacity to provide mental, clinical and psychosocial services for communities affected by conflict, such as survivors of rape or GBV.
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