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Where We Work / Ethiopia

The second most populous nation in Africa, Ethiopia faces numerous health challenges in caring for its population of 78 million. One of these challenges is to prevent women who are HIV-positive from transmitting the virus to their babies. Through prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs, mothers receive antenatal counseling and testing for HIV, and—if positive—follow-up and antiretroviral therapy; babies receive antiretroviral prophylaxis within 72 hours of birth.

The Capacity Project expanded PMTCT services in Ethiopia in 2007-2008. This work was a continuation of USAID’s bilateral PMTCT project, in which IntraHealth International and partners supported 248 public health centers and increased PMTCT coverage from 0% in September 2003 to 39% of the 635 public health centers in September 2007.

The Capacity Project also strengthened the Mothers' Support Groups program; provided support for PMTCT in private facilities; and conducted training for pediatric HIV/AIDS linkages and referral.

For more information about the Capacity Project’s work in Ethiopia, read the country brief.

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