Packard Foundation Dedicates Two
Million USD to Ethiopia Projects
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 24 (WIC) – The US-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced three new grants totaling more than two-million USD to support
community-based representative health projects in Ethiopia for the coming year. According to a press release from the Foundation, the recipients of the grants are the Oromia Development Association (ODA), the Amhara Development Association (ADA) and Pathfinder International. With this money, the three recipients will reach millions of women and their partners in the Oromia and Amhara States which are the country's two most populous regions with large rural populations.
Currently, less than half the population in these states have access to modern health services, and knowledge of contraceptive methods in low, the release said.
"Few other Ethiopian non-governmental organizations (NGO's) have the reach into the rural areas of Ethiopia that ODA and ADA have. These projects provide an unparalleled
opportunity to impact underprivileged rural communities, and we hope to support this work further," said Shalu Haile, a Packard Foundation representative in Ethiopia.
To achieve their goals of providing reproductive health choice to women and families, both the Oromia and Amhara projects will use the money to train more than 2,000 community based counselors to provide basic contraceptive and education on family planning. The projects include supplying advanced training in reproductive health care and medical supplies to strengthen urban and rural health clinic, according to the release.
"This grant will make ODA's development efforts more meaning ful," said ODA Executive Director, Awad Jibril. "It gives a chance to address the socio-economic problems of our region at the community level, and completes the missing link between development efforts and family planning. "This grant will give ADA another dimension of comprehensiveness for its rural development endeavors, particularly in alleviating the dire condition of women and children," said ADA Chairman, Helawe Yosef "and it enables us to address the unmet need for quality family planning services in the project areas".
As a long-term goal, the projects plan to achieve an average contraceptive prevalence of up to 25 percent in the Jimma and East Wollega Zones of the Oromia Region and
the South Wollo, North Shewa, and Oromia Zones of the Amhara Region.
The Packard Foundation's Population Programme is dedicated to slowing the world's rapid population growth through supporting voluntary international family planning
and reproductive health programme. By addressing the unmet need for quality family planning in developing countries, the Foundation aims to help save the lives of
countless women and children and believes the global issue of population is best addressed when individuals have the full freedom to choose, the release said.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a private family foundation created in 1964 by David Packard (1912-1996), co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company and Lucile
Salter Packard (1914-1987). The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following broad programme areas: conservation; population; science; children, families, and communities; arts; organizations effectiveness; and philanthropy. The Foundation makes grants at the national and international level. The Foundation's assets were approximately $13 billion as of December 31,1999. Grant awards totaled approximately $41 million in 1999, and the Foundation expects to make grants of approximately $500 million in 2000.