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Ethiopia flagCountry Profile

Capital: Addis Ababa

Language: Amharic

Population: 97 million

Plan International first started working in Ethiopia in 1974, to help children access their rights to health, education, protection and participation. We promote child rights and work to ensure that children, families and communities are active participants in their own development – from identifying problems to implementing solutions.

One example is the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, which Plan International Ethiopia has promoted since February 2007. CLTS inspires whole communities to stop defecating out in the open, contaminating food and water supplies. So far Fura and Sedeka kebeles in Shebedino, and Busa and Merewa kebeles in Jimma have achieved and celebrated open defecation-free environments.

A mother holding her child
A parenting group gathers to discuss community issues
Students from Ethiopia training

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • A lack of nutritious food means that 44% of children suffer stunted growth as a result of malnutrition
  • Only 16% of children attend secondary school
  • Only 21% of the population have access to adequate sanitation facilities

How your support is helping Ethiopia:

  • Addressing the barriers related to improved economic and social status of women and children, especially girls.
  • Improving the quality of early education and the transition from preschool to primary school.
  • Ensuring communities have the appropriate resources to deal with the incidence and prevalence of waterborne diseases.
  • Partnered with communities affected by long-term drought to rebuild water points and ensure amble water supply for years to come.
  • Training health workers and volunteers on issues related to maternal, newborn and child health.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 27% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 64 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 64 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

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