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Areas of work

Our impact

Ethiopiaid’s local partners transform lives and bring hope to vulnerable people and communities across Ethiopia.

Last year, 289,825 people were reached through
Ethiopiaid-funded projects. 

Our areas of work 


A safer and more equal world

Creating safe, inclusive communities where the voices of women and girls are heard and they are protected from gender-based violence. Preventing cervical cancer and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM).

77 midwives’

training costs were contributed to, so that thousands more women in rural communities can access life-saving care.

119 women

were cured of obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury, and could rejoin their communities with confidence.

317 pregnant women

were supported through midwife home visits, bringing vital care to women who otherwise would have none.


A safer and more equal world

Creating safe, inclusive communities where the voices of women and girls are heard and they are protected from gender-based violence. Preventing cervical cancer and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM).

5,478 women

were screened for cervical cancer, with immediate treatment for those whose results showed potentially harmful cells.

602 babies

were safely delivered by Traditional Birth Attendants and protected from harmful practices such as FGM.

48,943 people

were reached through education, to stop harmful practices and advocate for the rights of women and girls.


Together through crisis

Delivering vital relief to people affected by crises. Equipping communities with skills and resources to be more resilient and supporting recovery work. Being there for people who have no one else to turn to.

22 health centres

were re-equipped with birthing kits and other vital equipment after the conflict in Tigray.

8,477 people

displaced by conflict received life-saving care, including pregnant women, mothers and young children.

583 famillies’

livelihoods were protected, with emergency food for livestock and veterinary care.


Equal opportunities

Equal opportunities for children and adults living with disabilities. Preventing and treating neglected tropical diseases. Building inclusive and accessible communities for everyone. Restoring dignity and providing care for older people and people with terminal illnesses.

2,965 people

gained independence thanks to wheelchairs and other mobility aids. 

1,000 + individuals

with disabilities are provided with access to assistive devices.

800 children

with disabilities supported in educational pursuits.

An unassisted, prolonged and obstructed child labour can cause an obstetric fistula – a hole torn in the bladder, vagina or rectum. This injury has devasting physical and social consequences for women.

In Ethiopia, only 1 in 5 girls reach secondary education, 74% of women face harmful practices such as female genital mutilation, and almost half of the female population experience violence and abuse. Women and girls deserve better.

Ethiopia has faced multiple emergencies in the last few years. These challenges threaten the education, health and livelihoods of thousands of people.

People living with disabilities are routinely denied their most basic human rights and are cut off from education, employment and healthcare. In Ethiopia, many live in extreme poverty.

Project partners

APDA was created alongside local Afar leaders who felt their needs were not being met by formal government services. APDA is dedicated to ending harmful practices, including female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and the lack of rights for women in marriage. They also run life-changing projects in water harvesting, mobile health and education, and have been providing life-saving emergency support, in response to the recent locust plagues and conflict in the region. 

Healing Hands of Joy (HHOJ) works to end obstetric fistula in Ethiopia in two ways: first to identify, refer and rehabilitate women living with obstetric fistula, and second to break down the social stigma behind fistula and show how communities can support sufferers. HHOJ trains ex-fistula patients as Safe Motherhood Ambassadors who return to their communities to identify new cases of fistula and educate expectant mothers on safe delivery. HHOJ also works on a wider community level, hosting community workshops, religious leader training, film screenings and male sensitivity training to raise awareness and change attitudes for this socially-isolating condition. 

Hope of Light provide obstetric fistula treatment at 3 fistula health centres in Gondar, Jima and Assella. They were founded by Dr Ambaye, a fistula surgeon with over 27 years’ experience, who was trained by the awe-inspiring Dr Catherine Hamlin. As well as providing medical supplies for fistula care, Dr Ambaye trains doctors in fistula surgery, raises awareness with health professionals and her team provide post-operative counselling for patients. 

SMMMS work to provide essential medical and healthcare services to communities who have little to no access. Working in the remote, rural, and challenging landscape of the Simien Mountains they have a series of health centres and teams of outreach health workers, who together provide reproductive, maternal, natal and child healthcare along with emergency care and transport to health centres and hospitals. SMMMS have carried out essential emergency medical care throughout the recent Pandemic and on-going conflict. 

Cheshire Services is working towards a future where all children living with a disability in Ethiopia can access healthcare, education and live with dignity. They create community awareness to remove the stigma associated with disability and create inclusive and accessible communities. Their Menagesha Rehabilitation Centre in Oromia region is their flagship site, providing both resident children and outpatients with corrective surgery, physiotherapy and custom-fitted prosthetic limbs and mobility aids. For children living in more remote areas, Cheshire Services run a mobile outreach service, and through  their Sustainable Livelihoods Project, they support families with a parent or child living with a disability with agricultural and basic business training, so they are able to support themselves bringing about better social inclusion, especially for mothers of children with disabilities. 

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