The idea of establishing the International Institute for Primary Health Care in Ethiopia grew out of the vision of the former health minister, and current chief executive officer, Rollback Malaria Partnership, H.E. Dr. Kestebirhan Admassu, who is a strong advocator of the movement of “Health for All through Primary Health Care”.
Driven by the significant progress in the expansion of the primary health services both in the urban and rural areas of Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Kesetebirhan envisioned the Institute to serve as a conduit for the promotion, learning and researching of strategies adapted by Ethiopia to the rest of the world.
“Health for All through Primary Health Care”
In 2003, the FMOH launched the Health Extension Program, an innovative health service delivery model, in four big agrarian regions, and then expanded to pastoral communities in 2006, and to urban areas in 2009.
The Health Extension Program, a flagship program of the Government of Ethiopia, developed by Dr. Tedros Adhanom, former Ministry of health, current Director General of the World Health Organization, aimed at providing essential health promotion, disease prevention and basic curative health care services in communities where higher-level primary health care facilities are not readily accessible.
The introduction and full implementation of the Health Extension Program since 2003 has accelerated national progress toward achieving the health-related MDGs.