USAID invests US$40 million for universal healthcare coverage in Ethiopia

Front view of the outpatient centre at Gondar University Hospital built with the Support of US government.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested US$40 million to support universal healthcare coverage in Ethiopia.

The five-year Health Financing Improvement Programme was launched last week. USAID will work with the ministry of health to provide primary healthcare services.

“We look forward to continuing our joint work to tackle the challenges facing health financing as part of overall efforts to build a truly sustainable and resilient health system in Ethiopia,” said Leslie Reed, mission director for USAID in Ethiopia.

“Together, we can show other developing countries around the world that with the right political will and commitment, it is possible to lay the promising foundation to a self-reliant healthcare system, capable of providing high-quality health services to all citizens in every corner of the country,” he added.

The US is the largest bilateral donor to Ethiopia’s health sector, with approximately US$150 million per year in funding for HIV/AIDS; malaria; maternal, neonatal and child health; nutrition; tuberculosis; and water, sanitation and hygiene. It has provided over US$4 billion in development and humanitarian assistance for Ethiopia over the past five years.