- Synchronization of rural road construction and rehabilitation efforts with Rural Road Authorities and ERTTP program
- Capacity building for reproductive health risk assessment at all levels of healthcare provision (community based up to regional hospitals);
- Provision of appropriate healthcare equipment (i.e., rubber gloves for TBA's, obstetric surgical equipment for regional hospitals);
- Creation of appropriate monitoring system and database to better understand the prevalence of fistula throughout the country;
- Improving communication between the different levels of the health care referral system.
- IEC program with local communities on reproductive health issues and risk factors for fistula
- IEC on the impacts of early marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, overburdening of girls, poor nutrition
- Extensive local stakeholder outreach
- IEC on legal issues regarding early marriage, rape, abduction, etc.
Communication- Possible introduction of: community walkie talkies, cell phones, satellite phones.
- Discussions were held with JICA and the Japanese Embassy Grassroots Grants Program regarding possible synergies in funding and participation in activities. The Japanese embassy was supportive of the project and is going to seek other additional funds to complement project funds, in areas of the country where the project would not be active.
- Discussions were held with the local chapter of IFRTD regarding research, implementation and dissemination of findings
- Discussions were held with related World Bank Programs and in particular the Road Sector Development Program for Ethiopia and the Ethiopia Health Sector Development Program.
Building on the information gained from the local stakeholder consultations, the team is preparing a full JSDF proposal to be submitted in the present call for proposals.
Fistula hospital presentation & Yirgalem hospital presentation: