Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE)
Ethiopia, the 2nd most populous country in Africa, and the 10th most populous in the world, presents enormous sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges as the statistics all too graphically demonstrate. FGAE celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2011. It’s a sophisticated organisation with a broad reach which provides poor and marginalised populations with family planning, safe abortion care, maternal and child health care, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) including HIV and AIDS and associated opportunistic infections. Access is the key to the association’s activity, and it works extensively with young people to inform, educate and provide essential SRH services. FGAE also runs special projects targeted at particularly vulnerable individuals and groups: street children, people infected and affected by AIDS, sex workers, and young migrants in 8 of the 11 principal Regions in Ethiopia.
In the shape of permanent clinics, mobile facilities, community-based services (CBSs), FGAE has nearly 80 outlets. Delivery of services depends upon the efforts of an army of 553 staff, backed by over 75,000 volunteers, 740 peer educators and over 700 community-based distributors (CBDs). It’s a formidable force to have mobilised, and the impact that FGAE is having on people’s lives is immense. During 2010, FGAE provided 934,000 sexual health services. There’s no disguising the fact that achieving proper SRH amongst the Ethiopian people is an exhausting uphill struggle. FGAE has the will, the determination and the backing to fight for people’s rights and welfare.
FGAE partners with government, with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women, Children and Youth, UNFPA-Ethiopia, CARE-Ethiopia, DKT-Ethiopia, Dawn of Hope, the Ethiopian Women’s Lawyer Association, and a broad spectrum of HIV and AIDS-related operations. Private sector partnerships include Betezata Hospital and Janmeda medical bio laboratories, and donors to the association’s work include the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the Packard Foundation, IPPF’s Japan Trust Fund, USAID/CDC and Irish Aid.