“Health for All” Campaign Launches in Ethiopia

“Health for All” Campaign Launches in Ethiopia

A children's band plays music during the Health for All Campaign launch event in Addis Ababa on March 14. {Photo credit: Beth Brundage Murphy for MSH.}Photo credit: Beth Brundage Murphy for MSH.

The Health for All campaign was officially launched in Ethiopia at an event on March 14 in Addis Ababa. Over 100 participants, including partners, government representatives, and contributing artists, attended the colorful ceremony at Harmony Hotel. A children’s band entertained the guests with music, and a community theatre group, Music Mayday, portrayed the importance of health insurance for all.

Hiwot Emishaw, the coordinator of the Health for All campaign, opened the ceremony. “One of the key goals of the global UHC movement is to increase social protection for health coverage by 50 percent, and decrease out of pocket expenditures,” she said.

W/o Roman Tesfay, director general of the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency (EHIA), gave a detailed presentation on the new initiatives of community-based health insurance and social health insurance in Ethiopia, and called upon stakeholders to support the initiative.

Representatives from numerous partner organizations, including The Ethiopian Midwives Association, The Ethiopian Public Health Association, World Vision, and Marie Stopes International, declared their commitments of support to the nationwide initiative. W/ro Tesfay announced a nationwide media and awareness campaign will commence in May led by her agency, and that Health for All will be part of that campaign.

Hiwot Emishaw opens the ceremony. (Photo credit: MSH) Hiwot Emishaw, Health for All campaign coordinator. (Photo credit: MSH)

Emishaw thanked the Rockefeller Foundation for their generous financial support of Health for All, and thanked EHIA and other partners for their endorsements. “As it stands now, about 50 countries are moving toward UHC. As an Ethiopian and as a health advocacy expert, I am proud that Ethiopia is among them.”

View event photo album.

Anteneh Tesfaye is the Health for All campaign communications specialist and associate at MSH.

For more on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Health for All campaign, led by MSH, visit: HealthForAllCampaign.org and "like" Health for All on Facebook.