USAID Earmarks 116.6 mln.
Dollars for Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, March 19 (ENA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has
allocated 116.6 million U.S. dollars for the year 2000 to combat the level of poverty, increase enrollment in
primary schools and expand HIV/AIDS services in the country.
According to a fact-sheet issued by the agency last week, 37.7 million U.S. dollars will be used to
decrease the maternal and young children mortality rate as well as to undertake development activities.
The fact-sheet indicated that the balance, which is 78.9 million U.S. dollars, would be channeled to assist
Ethiopia in reducing high levels of chronic food shortages.
USAID is working to increase rural household food production and to improve the efficiency of agricultural
markets in the country, it said.
It said the agency is working to increase the use of preventive primary health care services by increasing
access to and demand for modern contraceptives, expanding the use of HIV/AIDS services.
The fact-sheet further pointed out that the USAID attaches paramount importance to improve the
education sector development programme through financing and decentralized administration and
improving the supply of teachers, curricula and books.
USAID is also working with Ethiopia to achieve transparency in public management, to strengthen the
judicial systems by training judges, it said.
The agency has also allocated 60,000 US dollars to Save the Children- U.S. working in Gode Zone, the
Somali State, to provide supplementary food for moderate and severely malnourished children, as well
as water for the general public in the area.