About IIfPHC-E

The International Institute for Primary Health Care – Ethiopia (IIfPHC-E) is an organization affiliated with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and supported by the Gates foundation. We provide technical assistance to countries building strong Primary Health Care systems, through capacity building training, program design and implementation. We also support the FMOH through evidence based policy recommendations, training of PHC leaders, implementation of innovation labs, and engagement on PHC related policy and strategy designs. We engage in global advocacy to bring PHC as a primary driver to achieving Universal Health coverage.

Who we are

To see a world where all people enjoy healthy life through PHC.

To proactively engage and drive the advancement of local and global PHC policy and programming.

The Institute will use innovative training methods and will focus on new ways of doing things by capacitating trainees to find innovative solutions for their specific problems and challenges.

The Institute will follow flexible training approaches including but not limited to classroom training, field practice, and online sessions by adapting the technical trainings to the different needs of trainees and their country contexts.

Capacity for problem solving:
The Institute will establish the capacity for problem-solving skills to address key issues in primary health care and share this capacity with its trainees.

Focus on needs-based training and research:
The training and health systems implementation research will be designed based on the particular needs of trainees and their country contexts.

The training process will be designed to empower trainees by using their own untapped skills and knowledge.

Practical approaches and skills-based training:
The main focus of the training and research will be to build hands-on practical skills on primary health care programming.

  1. Contribute to the accelerated progress in the attainment of health for all through PHC by providing capacity building technical assistance to countries who wish to build strong PHC systems.
  2. Supporting the Ethiopian PHC system through capacity development program for health professionals as well as design and implementation of innovative evidence-based community programs.
  3. Globally, play and integral part, in the alignment of PHC advocacy with existing health agendas in order to increase the focus on PHC and support improvement efforts.


  • In September 2013, two years ahead of the deadlines, FMOH and UNICEF jointly announced that Ethiopia has successfully reduced the under-5 mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2012.
  • Significant progress was achieved in reducing levels of childhood malnutrition as articulated in MDG 1.
  • MDG 5, improving maternal health, was almost reached, with a decline in maternal mortality of 72%, versus the goal of 75%, and the percentage of mothers obtaining a delivery by a skilled provider increased 6-fold between 1995 and 2016.
  • The prevalence rate of modern contraceptive use increased from 6% in 2000 to 35% in 2016.
  • MDG 6, revering the spread of HIV and tuberculosis, was also reached.
  • Between 2000 and 2013, new HIV/AIDS infections fell by 30 percent, and over 6.2 million lives were saved from Malaria.
  • Between 1990 and 2015, the tuberculosis incidence and mortality rate declined by 48% and 72%, respectively.
  • From 2014 to 2016, ministerial-level health officials from more than 20 African countries have come to Ethiopia to learn first, first hand, how Ethiopia achieved the above mentioned remarkable results.
  • On February 1, 2016 at a Ministerial Meeting, “Marshaling the Health Workforce: Needed reforms to reach the 90-90-90 targets towards ending the AIDS epidemic”, organized by the African Union, the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia (FMOH) and UNAIDS, the International Institute for Primary Health Care – Ethiopia was launched to assist other countries in the design and implementation of PHC programs at scale, aiming to accelerate the improvement of the health of populations in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
  • From 2016 to 2018, IIfPHC-E has hosted and provided  PHC related capacity building training to over 100 health professionals from Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Ghana, Sudan, Uganda and Bangladesh. In supporting the FMOH to continue offering high standard of care to the Ethiopian population, IIfPHC-E also provided leadership and management capacity development program for over 400 Ethiopian health professionals within the same time frame.
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