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Projects and Activities

Advocacy on Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Relation to HIV/AIDS


1. Project Title: Advocacy on Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Relation to HIV/AIDS
 
2. Project Donor: CDC
 
3. Project Summary: With the support of PEPFAR through CDC, EPHA has conducted the national study on Alcohol and substance abuse and its influence on HIV/AIDS. According to this study, the overall prevalence of alcohol consumption and khat chewing is high and it is believed to be progressively increasing. A significant proportion of the population, ranging from 15 to 60%, has sexual relationships with a non-spousal sexual partner. Promiscuity is common; with some 43% reporting multiple sexual partnerships ever. Following this study of alcohol and khat use, EPHA has been implementing advocacy activities on Alcohol and substance abuse in relation to HIV/AIDS.
 
4. Project Justifications:
 
5. Project Goal: To advocate on alcohol and substance abuse regulation in Ethiopia,   
 
6. Implementation Location: All regions   

DHSS, AAMSP and Network of Research Sites


1. Project Title: Information Generation through DHSS, AAMSP and Network of Research Sites    
 
2. Project Donor: CDC

3. Project Summary: The main objective of the project is to support universities in generating longitudinal data on major demographic events and identify cause of death at population/community level. This project is implemented by six Ethiopian universities and AAMSP. The AAMSP is a burial based mortality focus surveillance system while DHSS sites are community based research centers. Each DSS site follows under surveillance on average 11,000-12,000 households and 50,000-60,000 people. Each household and individuals has its unique identification number through census.
 
4. Project Justifications: DSS sites are the main source of longitudinal data in low and middle income countries in the absence of complete vital registration system. DSS sites are important to generate population based health, mortality and demographic information for timely decision makings and to monitor the MDG indicators of a country. Furthermore, students particularly PhD and masters students, researchers and lecturers in the university will use the data generated to produce scientific articles and supplement the academic exercise 
 
5. Project Goal: To generate evidence based information for decision making practices in Ethiopia
 
6. Implementation Location: Six Ethiopian Universities (AU, JU, HU, UOG, AMU, MU and AA)

Ethiopian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program


1. Project Title: Ethiopian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (EFELTP)
 
2. Project Donor: CDC
 
3. Project Summary:  Field Epidemiology and laboratory Training Program (FELTP) is a competency-based training and service program in applied epidemiology and public health that builds the capacity to strengthen the surveillance and response system in countries where they are implemented. The ability of Ethiopia’s to respond to health emergencies and detect problems through proper surveillance system is largely limited. Inability to prevent and control epidemics and lack of skilled personnel including poor surveillance system are underscored by the Business Process Re-engineering of the MoH that has identified reduction in epidemic occurrence as one of the seven areas of focus. In this regard, EPHA is working closely with the School of Public Health (AAU), the Federal Ministry of Health and the US Center for Disease Control and prevention(CDC) to produce professionals in field of Epidemiology that are capable of handling emergency management including epidemic investigation and response and surveillance. 
 
4. Project Justifications: This fund is requested to support the implementation of the Maters of Field Epidemiology training program i.e. to support classroom trainings and field residency activities to produce residency outputs and epidemiological projects.
 
5. Project Goal: The goal of FELTP is to strengthen the Ethiopian public health system by contributing to the development of a robust disease surveillance system, effective and timely acute public health event detection and response (including outbreak detection and response), capacity in field epidemiology and public health laboratory, evidence- based decision making for public health practice and reduction in morbidity and mortality due to priority diseases.
 
6. Implementation Location: Addis Ababa University School of Public Health and   the field bases (EHNRI, Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNPR) 

EPHA Research Programs

1. Project Title: EPHA OPERATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS

2. Project Donor: uses the budget allocated for Research, Evaluation. Survey assessment for ongoing EPHA projects (Packard, CDC / PATH as seed money and generate resources).

3. Project Summary: the focus is on applied/operational research. EPHA approaches its research activities in a broad, participatory manner and engages its members. It will mobilize and voluntarily enlist members for different thematic areas and facilitate their work. It also collaborates with the MoH, sister associations and other key stakeholders..

4. Project Justifications: This will enable EPHA to harness and make use of the skill and expertise of its members, increase their participation, widen its network and collaboration, build its organization capacity and serve as center of excellence. It has also value in generating income to EPHA for sustaining itself financially.

5. Project Goal: The ultimate GOAL of EPHA`s   Applied Research program is to facilitate, coordinate and conduct research and consultancy services, generate   resources and scientific and evidence based data that can inform policy formulation, program and project   development for improving the public health situation of the country.

6. Implementation Location: Nationwide (initially in RF/FP project regions, and sites selected for BCP Assessment  

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