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Project information

Better health for nomadic farmers in Ethiopia

To reduce needless deaths of pregnant women and new mothers by training health volunteers - 94% of births currently take place in unsafe and unsterile conditions.

To increase the use of family planning (currently just 2%), and to prevent and treat HIV and otehr sexually transmitted infections.

March 2008 - March 2011

Charity information: Health Poverty Action (formerly Health Unlimited)

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  • Need


    The overall aim of the project is for nomadic farming communities to have access to healthcare services. This includes family planning, child immunization and and training health workers so that expectant mothers can give birth safely.


    It will improve health for these remote communities by providing health services: family planning (contraception, treating sexually transmitted diseases), testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, providing maternity services (including a waiting hut close to the hospital) and immunizing children against deadly diseases.

    Because the farming communities move frequently, we take our health teams and set up mobile clinics under canvas. People walk for days to receive treatment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the health of nomadic farming communities in south eastern Ethiopia


    » Providing mobile health sevices (clinics under canvas) directly to remote communities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be improved health among nomadic communities: increased usage of the health services, increased numbers of trained health personnel and increased health knowledge.

  • Impact


    Ultimately the project will have a positive impact on the health of vuilnerable communities. Training and health education in particular last a lifetime and are transferable to others.

    Clinics under canvas will treat patients at point of need. Contraceptives will help people protect themselves from transmissible infections like HIV and help women to have smaller families - reducing hunger and poverty over the long-term. Current contraceptive use is just 2%.


    The main risks to the project are the water shortages in some areas from water-intensive farming and poor management. We are dealing with this by constructing rainwater harvesting schemes to ensure that there is water available when needed.


    We are able to report to donors regulary (annually or every six months) and show the impact the healthcare is having on the lives of very poor communities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £45,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,950 Health facilities Equipment, rainwater scheme
      £6,000 Admin Office
      £5,050 Health project Transport
      £25,000 Health project Health and project staff

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    European commission £750,000 Guaranteed
    Trusts and foundations £200,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    South eastern Ethiopia - the two project areas in the Woredas (districts) of Rayitu and Sawena, are 625 km Southeast of Addis Ababa. The major means of livelihood is livestock production (90%). 10% of the people depend on crop production but productivity is very limited because of the low amount and erratic pattern rainfall in the area. The major health problems include malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoea and HIV/AIDS.


    50,000 people who are part of nomadic farming communities. They are excluded from health services due to their remote locations, distinct culture and traditions, and because they move from one place to another to grave their livestock. They are vulnerable, subject to tribal and resource-based conflicts, recurrent famine and drought and outbreaks of diseases. Basic services such as health and education are extremely underdeveloped and mostly unsuited to their nomadic lifestyle.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Health Poverty Action has a 25-year track record of improving the health of vulnerable and impoverished communities. It works with communities to find solutions to their health problems. By training local health workers and helping people understand how to safeguard their health, it ensures that knowledge and skills stay in communities long into the future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tadesse Kassaye

    Tad has oversight of Health Poverty Action's work in Africa. An Ethiopian national, he is a medical doctor with decades of experience.