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World Health Assembly approves resolution proposed by Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, May 23, 2019 (FBC) – The World Health Assembly (WHA) has approved the resolution entitled ‘Community Health Workers delivering Primary Health Care,’ that was proposed by Ethiopia.

The General Assembly approved the resolution that was also proposed by Ecuador without amendment, said Dr Amir Aman, Minister of Health, in a twitter post.

Ethiopia has achieved dramatic progress in improving the health outcomes of its population during the past years thanks to the establishment of health extension worker initiative in 2004.

Implemented by the Ministry of Health, the initiative is one of the successful programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

To date it has deployed close to 40,000 over rural and urban health extension workers across the country. The health extension workers provide key health services through fixed and outreach bases.

They spend half of their working time conducting home visits and outreach activities and the remaining half at their health post providing basic curative, promotive and preventive services.

Community health workers have a key role to play in delivering primary health care as they speak local languages and have the trust of local people.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, Dr Amir is in attendance of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 72nd World Health Assembly meeting which kicked off in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, May 20, 2019.

Yesterday, he addressed participants about Ethiopia’s health sector successes, challenges and the way forward towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC) through strengthening primary health care (PHC).