The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ethiopia Mission worked with the Government of Ethiopia to develop a program to support, at scale, the implementation and monitoring of Ethiopia's Urban Health Extension Program (UHEP), improving access to and demand for health services in urban areas. On September 30, 2009, the three year Ethiopia Urban Health Extension Program (USAID/UHEP) was awarded to John Snow, Inc. (JSI).
John Snow, Inc. has worked in Ethiopia for more than a decade and has been instrumental in assisting the government of Ethiopia in scaling up the Health Extension Program. JSI implemented the Essential Services for Health in Ethiopia (ESHE) from 1998 until it ended in 2008. Through the ESHE Project, JSI helped link communities to the health care system by forging connections between Community Health Promoters (CHPs) and Health Extension Workers (HEWs). Today, JSI is implementing programs that are strengthening health services in the most remote areas of the country, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Last 10 Kilometer’s project, as well as strengthening child survival through the Saving Newborn Lives initiative, also funded by the Gates Foundation. JSI also implements several maternal and child health programs, as well as those that strengthen health systems. The many years of work by JSI staff in Ethiopia all support the work being done through the USAID/UHEP.