New Reproductive/Family Planning Projects Launched

ODA, together with its partners, has launched various new projects in the areas of health, family planning, gender and environmental protection with a total budget outlay of birr 24.9 as of May 2009 and on wards. The newly launched projects will be implemented in different woredas of Oromiya National Regional State for a period of one to three years and are expected to benefit at least 7.8 million people of which the predominant portion will be the rural population.

The projects are generally aimed, among others, at education, awareness creation and empowerment of women and girls so as to mitigate the negative stereotyping and harmful practices against them, improve desirable family planning practices in the community by way of intensive reproductive health education and introduction of various up to the standard contraceptive options available for different family interests, build the capacity of health extension workers to improve provision of basic health services at grass root level, control spread of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS and enhance access to immunization and vaccination services in the project areas.

Among the newly launched projects there is also a community based environmental protection project which is basically intended to tackle the prevalently worrying situations in environmental degradation through awareness creation and mobilization of the community toward joining hands in curbing the problem. It is anticipated that these projects, from which at least one third of the population of Oromiya region will benefit, would make significant contributions to the overall development efforts being exerted by the regional government and other development partners.

Some of the projects newly launched and under implementation are Women and Girls Empowerment Project, RHFP project, ODA-RMNCH project, ODA-ABRI project, ODA-IFHP project, ODA-GAVI project, and ODA-DSW project which are funded by UNFP, CORHA, Engender Health, PIE, FMoH, and DSW respectively

ODA to Implement a Comprehensive Youth Project

Oromia Development Association (ODA) is working to launch a comprehensive adolescent /Youth sexual and reproductive health project in selected woredas of ilubabor and Jimma zones of Oromia Regional State with a budget outlay of 800,000 USD.

The project is aimed at reaching young boys and girls with quality information regarding delay in marriage and pregnancy and avoidance of gender based violence through culturally appropriate ways , enhancing the psychosocial life skills of the youth, strengthening the technical capacity of the health posts, health sectors and private drug vendors and clinics as well as enhancing the engagement of local and regional administration and sector bureaus to create enabling environments for successful accomplishment of the project.

While the project will stay operational, after commencement of implementation, for a period of two years, it will be implemented in a total of eight woredas and 248 kebeles of Ilubabor and Jimma zones. Beneficiaries of the project will primarily be reached out through 124 second cycle primary schools found in the woredas of the project areas. Further more, it is intended to enhance the technical capacity of 250 health posts and 10 health centers including private drug vendors and clinics to facilitate provision of friendly sexual health services to the youth.

It is also indicated in the proposal for the project that 80% of the young people in the project areas, who lack adequate information, education and behavioral change communication will be provided with quality information and education regarding marriage, pregnancy and gender based violence.

The fund required for implementation of the project is to be provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and ODA will be responsible for implementing the project in collaboration with relevant departments such as Oromia Youth and Sports, Health and Education Bureaus, youth and women associations, health structures, schools and selected local community representatives as well as local administrative organs.

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