Archives 2019

Community led maternal and newborn health in Dollo Zone Somali Region

OWDA in partnership with Women’s Hope International (WHI) has been implementing community led maternal and newborn health Danod and Daratole districts of Dollo zone Somali region Ethiopia. Since 2004, OWDA is implementing maternal and newborn in Somali region with its Longstanding experience in reproductive and maternal health, Staff with long-standing field experience, Long-term commitment that goes beyond a project, commitment to a community empowerment based approach in development and willingness to learn and adapt working with pastoralists in a highly vulnerable, crisis-prone context.

The proposed project aims to decrease the maternal and newborn mortality rate significantly in two Districts (Woradas) of the Dollo Zone in the Somali Region. Towards this goal, the project will facilitate improved access, demand and use of good quality MNH services supported and governed by the community.  In order to achieve the above, the project aims for the following results: 

  1. Communities are mobilized and take the lead in governing MNH facilities and projects. Access is improved.
  2. Pregnant women have increased demand and higher use of MNH services.
  3. The government health services are providing good quality MNH services.




  3. WHO
  4. FAO
  5. WFP


  1. Arche-noVa
  2. NRC
  3. NCA
  4. Norway Development Fund (DF)
  5. SCI
  6. IRC
  7. WHI
  8. GOAL
  9. Islamic Relief
  10. Cordaid
  11. SOS
  12. MDM
  13. MA/WB
  15. CCRDA
  16. TDP
  17. Creative Initiative

Ethiopian Social Accountability Program 3

The Ethiopia Social Accountability Program Phase 3 (ESAP-3), being part of the Enhancing Shared Prosperity through Equitable Services (ESPES) program, seeks to improve basic public service delivery of local governments in assisting to make services better attuned to the needs and priorities of citizens.

The development objective of ESAP-3 is to support strengthening the Social Accountability (SA) system and mechanisms for enhanced service delivery in Ethiopia. Thus, the ultimate target is service improvement in any of the five identified basic sectors where SA is considered a critical means to intervene. The more specific objective of ESAP-3 is to enhance the dialogue and feedback loop between basic service users and service providers on the quality and accessibility of services.

Strengthening Data Quality and Demand Generation in Afar and Somali Regions, Ethiopia.

Donor: The Gavi Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI)

Project Type: Emergency

Location: Gode and Adadle.

Project About: Immunization is one of the most powerful and cost-effective public health interventions.  Each year, it prevents debilitating illness and disability and saves two to three millions of lives. The Gavi Alliance is a unique organization that aligns public and private resources in a global effort to create greater access to the benefits of immunization. It does this with precision and in creative, innovative ways to ensure that, donor contributions efficiently save lives and help build self-sufficiency in the world’s poorest communities and regions.  It brings together all the main actors in immunization including developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrial and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society organizations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.

The Gavi story begins towards the end of the 20th century, when global immunization efforts were beginning to plateau. Despite the promising progress of the previous two decades, by the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), there were still 30 million children living in poor countries who were not fully immunized. Coverage was stagnating and in-some places even declining. And even though new life-saving vaccines were becoming available, beyond the original six EPI vaccines, virtually none were reaching children in developing countries, those who needed them most, because they were too expensive.

Objectives: The overall objective of the project is to contribute for improvement of immunization coverage and equity in Afar and Somali Region of Ethiopia through strengthening data quality and community demand generation.

Outcomes: The proposed outcome indicators of the project are taken from the two RHBs routine immunization improvement plan (2019/2020 – 2021/22). The main outcome indicators of this project are:

  • Improved completeness and timeliness of routine immunization data at HF and woreda level
  • Improved data management and utilization for decision making at health facility and woreda health office
  • Increased level of knowledge of mothers/care takers on immunization service
  • Increased routine immunization (Pentavalent 3) coverage in target woredas
  • Reduced vaccination dropout rate in targeted woredas.