Ethiopia has implemented several interventions to address the social and environmental determinants of health. The country is currently facing burden from communicable and non-communicable diseases, mental health, and injuries which are affecting all age groups, with a disproportionately higher burden among children and women in their reproductive age. 42.7% of the population has no access to limited-standard drinking water and 95.9% of the population has no access to limited-standard sanitation. Healthcare, environment, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are inherently linked and interdependent. Sustainable health and WASH outcomes cannot be realized where there are poor environmental conditions or practices. A lack of environmental considerations in Ethiopia is undermining the effectiveness of health and WASH interventions.
GTF Healthcare, Environment and WASH Program works towards a healthy population in a sustainable, safe and healthy living environment. To that end, we are a trusted advisor to the government, professionals and community. Our strategic objectives in this program are:
- Assist the government on how communities can keep their living environment safe, clean and healthy.
- Reduce public health risks by creating barriers along the main pathways to pathogens to infect humans.
- Ameliorate sanitation and hygiene of communities through promotion of sanitation facilities and mass awareness creation on hygienic lifestyle.
- Reduce the occurrence of communicable diseases through awareness creation and availing healthcare services.
- Contribute across SDG and National Health, Environment, Hygiene and Sanitation strategy.
- Improve the Essential health of the target communities through awareness creation and by building the capacity of government health institutions to reach communities effectively and efficiently.
- Improve the nutrition intake of communities, especially focusing on mothers and children.
Some of Our Achievements
- We have used various means to improve access to safe water for both human and livestock consumption. Thousands have benefited from our roof water harvesting, sand dam, borehole, spring protection, and rock-catchment dam schemes throughout the years.
- We have produced numerous types of multi-purpose tree seedlings and by planting them we have made efforts to transform desert lands into oasis.
- We have built clinics and health posts for different communities.
- We conducted medical missions with physicians and nurses from Australia and the US and reached communities far from medical attention.
- We are piloting a project that aims at making urban centers safe to live. The project has various components including urban greening, solid waste management, school WASH, and public toilets.