12 Apr Vaccines Drive Primary Health Care in Ethiopia
Dagfinn Høybråten, ONE Blog
“Vaccines are the heart of our primary care,” Emebet Meshesha, a health extension worker, told me last month when I visited the Adama Udie health post in Ormoia, just outside Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia has made impressive gains with immunization, increasing DTP3 coverage to 79 percent in 2009 from 56 percent in 2000. With 81 million people, the third largest population in Africa, Ethiopia makes a critical contribution to global immunization levels, so it’s an important country for the GAVI Alliance.