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Ethiopian Health and Population Professionals Learn to Use Software Tools for Analyzing Policies and Programs

Posted August 30, 2012

 Image of participants at workshop on using software tools for analyzing health policy in Ethiopia
Photo: Health Policy Project Ethiopia's senior technical advisor Senait Tibebu (right), USAID/Ethiopia's Gebeyew Alti (left), and workshop participants examine how the software models analyze the impact of investments in health programs and increase the ability to project the need for family planning and reproductive health, maternal health, and HIV services. Photo by Rudolph Chandler/Health Policy Project

ADDIS ABABA--The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA)—the leading association of public health professionals in the Ethiopia—and the Health Policy Project (HPP) partnered this month to conduct a workshop on applying data from modeling systems to evidence-based decision making and advocacy for increased resources to improve health. Data and correct evidence are essential in helping decisionmakers and national health planning bodies craft effective health policies that address the needs of their constituents.

Twenty-five individuals from the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopian Health and Research Institute, the Population Affairs Directorate in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, the Central Statistical Agency, and other research and university partners participated in the workshop. Participants learned how to use HPP software models and tools, including the Spectrum suite of models, RAPID (which projects the social and economic effects of rapid population growth to raise awareness about the impacts on a country’s health, education, land use, and economy), the GAP Tool, and OneHealth. These tools provide users with national-level demographic data to help them analyze the impact of investments in health programs and increase their ability to project the need for family planning and reproductive health, maternal health, and HIV services and to estimate costs associated with them.

Spectrum is currently used by population departments at both Gondar University and Addis Ababa University. This training helped to build a strong foundation in the use of models for population projections and incorporate this information in health and population planning. A representative from one of HPP’s partners shared his views on the training:

We were very enthusiastic to get the training on the Spectrum model. It was really a golden opportunity for us to explore fresh knowledge and acquire the essential skills that will empower us to stand confidently before our students in the university and transfer to them this knowledge.”

—Mr. Nega Mihret, Head, Department of Population Studies, Gondar University

The workshop also enhanced the participants’ skills to advocate for crucial health programs and services that help improve the health of people in Ethiopia. Following this training, HPP will identify up to 10 participants and closely mentor them to serve as master trainers in future use of the tools and other resources.  Additional regional trainings will be held in the coming years.  HPP will continue to work with EPHA in building the capacity of health officials and researchers to use software models and tools to support Ethiopia’s efforts to enhance access to health services.


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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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