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In Ethiopia 52% of babies are put to the breast within one hour of being born and 52% of babies are exclusively breastfed through six months according to Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers 2012 report. While that number can definitely be improved Ethiopia has been given a “good” rating by Save the Children along with countries such as Rwanda and Eritrea that have percentages for the aforementioned breastfeeding indicators around the 70% range. Only four countries have been given “very good” ratings and they are Malawi, Madagascar, Peru and the Solomon Islands.
At Bishoftu Hospital, we meet two HIV mothers who received assistance through a US-funded program called Food by Prescription. Quietly speaking through translation, one woman, Mary (whose name has been changed) wipes away tears as she recounts her experience with the program. Mary, a thin woman with sun-worn skin, was diagnosed with malnutrition along with her HIV positive status and was provided free Plumpy’Sup (the adult equivalent of children’s Plumpy’Nut) in order to increase her weight. (via Day 2 in Ethiopia: Food by Prescription | Impatient Optimists)
Ethiopia has its health care flaws and challenges, but what it seems to have captured is an appreciation for simplicity. Ethiopia’s health care system is very easy to understand, even though implementation and results are not easily achievable.
No matter where you are babies can draw a crowd. It is no different in Ethiopia when we saw babies with their mothers at health posts and centers. One baby (seen below) wore a handmade bracelet her mother told us keeps away hiccups. Despite the mother’s use of cultural practices she still brought her baby into the health center for preventive medicine and a check-up with the nurses.
In a new program in Ethiopia called integrated community case management (ICCM) families in communities can be selected as “model families” to show the rest of the community the merits and benefits of healthy living. Some of the indicators that prove healthy living in rural Ethiopia are separation of the kitchen from the main house so no one inhales cookstove smoke, using a bed net to reduce the possibility of getting malaria, getting children fully immunized, and having a latrine to discourage public defecation that leads to death and disease. (via Two Model Ethiopian Families | Perspectives & Reflections with Jennifer James)
I will be traveling through Ethiopia, both in Addis Ababa and Hawassa, a city three hours south of the capital on Lake Hawassa, to observe the critical work of community health workers in clinics, health posts, and hospitals with Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Since 90% of Ethiopia’s 78 million people are rural subsistence farmers, community health workers are key to providing health care to those who do not have access to the care they might receive in Addis Ababa, for example.