The Countdown to 2030 work in Ethiopia is a partnership with the Global Financing Facility (GFF), the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, the University of Manitoba, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It focuses on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH-N) in the context of existing health sector plans and support country decision-making with through analyses of progress and performance towards national and local targets.
During 2020-2022, Ethiopia was one of seven countries in the maternal neonatal health exemplars project, which was funded by Gates Ventures, and Countdown's work in Ethiopia was summarized in a data uptake series brief.



CC: matthew.tempest via Flickr/Ethiopia

Ethiopia's current strategic plan for health is the Health Sector Transformation Plan - HSTP II (2019/20-2024/25). The Ethiopian government, through the Ministry of Health, which serves as the Secretariat of the HSTP, periodically tracks progress in key HSTP indicators including RMNCAH+N indicators, which form more than half of the overall set of indicators and targets. Other national strategic plans include the Information Revolution Roadmap developed in 2016 – one of the four transformation agendas of the health sector – which aims at advancing the methods and practices of collecting, analyzing, presenting, and using information, guides the generation and use of data for decision making at all levels of the health system, including the  implementation and monitoring of RMNCAH+N interventions.

The Global Financing Facility investment case for Ethiopia has been approved and implemented since 2017. Within the GFF investment case, Ethiopia periodically tracks progress for key indicators using existing surveys and health information reporting systems. Therefore, ongoing review of RMNCAH+N indicators remains critical to informing planning and implementation of RMCAH+N interventions.

Outputs, Products, Programs

The country collaboration funded by GFF includes:

  • A completed analytical end-line review of the HSTP I, a comprehensive report on the progress and performance during the HSTP I.
  • Thematic in-depth assessment of levels and trends in RMNCAH+N indicators, with a focus on equity in based on the household survey data. The MNH report is available to view here.
  • Technical inputs that were used to develop an analytical report for an annual review of HSTP-II.
  • A suite of analytical methods and tools for the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and the Ministry of Health analytical team to use for future analysis of and reporting on national and subnational performance, using DHIS2 and other data in the context of health plan reviews.
  • National and subnational statistical profiles, fact sheets, and policy briefs, available here.
  • Scientific publications and reports, which is discussed in this policy brief.

A summary of the outputs from the GFF team can be accessed here.


Ethiopia Countdown Team

Tefera Tadelle
Ashenif Tadele
Geremew Gonfa
Theodros Getachew
Lars Åke Persson
Neil Spicer
Tanya Marchant
Dessalegn Melesse
Ties Boerma