Ethiopia's health system is in crisis under the burden of numerous challenges as well as the ongoing conflict in Tigray. In recent times the nation has experienced the worst outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years, recurring climate shocks such as floods and droughts, the COVID-19 pandemic, chronic food insecurity and poverty are leading to widespread need for strengthening the healthcare system to cope. Fighting and disasters have led to the displacement of around 2.7 million people.
In response to this increasing need, International Health Partners is working through its strong networks with healthcare providers to ensure life-saving and life-changing medicines are available for free to displaced families in Ethiopia and their host communities.
Through the shipment of our Essential Health Packs (EHPs); a pre-packed kit filled with a minimum of 800 courses of treatment, including a broad assortment of over-the-counter and prescription medicines: antibiotics, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals and anti-parasitics to support critical primary health care delivery in any setting.
One woman, 60 years old, became displaced after her town, Merisa, was seized. She suffers from hypertension and came to one of the health facilities with pneumonia. The centre was able to prescribe an antibiotic, erythromycin, and other medicines to get her back to health. “Now I am in good condition,” she told our partner.
Another patient who benefitted from our medicine was a six-year-old child with abdominal pain. Doctors found the child was suffering from intestinal worms and was able to prescribe Mebendazole tablets to provide quick effective treatment.
This access to essential treatments offers hope to internally displaced people (IDPs) with chronic healthcare needs. The medicine received by health staff supporting IDPs empowers them to continue to care for the patients they are there to serve.