The Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia is credited for being a pioneer to introduce family planning and reproductive health services in Ethiopia.
Addia Ababa (ENA)―The 50th anniversary of Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) was observed in Addis Ababa yesterday, with the Ethiopian government promising to maintain support to the association.
President Mulatu Teshome and other senior officials and representatives of foreign partners attended today’s Golden Jubilee.
The occasion featured speech by the President who called the association a strategic partner to the government in the health sector, and assured that support will be maintained to its activities.
The intervention by the association has been significant in increasing access to family planning and reproductive health services in accordance with the government’s population policy, Dr. Mulatu said.
The association is credited for being a pioneer to introduce family planning and reproductive health services in Ethiopia.
It has currently deployed over 18,000 volunteers to run its family planning intervention service.
Dr. Mulatu said owing to the activities by the association, Ethiopia witnessed commendable achievements in accessing sexual and reproductive health service over the decade.
Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia’s President Maaza Kitaw for her part said the association is working to fill information and service gaps in sexual and reproductive health, with particular focus on the poor and underserved community.
The association is also credited for bringing down the national average family size from eight in 1990 to four currently, while contributing to rise in life expectancy from 45 to 64 years.
The national average family size has also been scaled back from eight in 1990 to four currently, while life expectancy has risen from 45 to 64 years.
It was reported that three committed Ethiopians formed the volunteer-based indigenous organization back in 1966.
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