Ministry Calls for Increase in Funding Adolescent,Youth Health

Addis Ababa Ministry of Health has called on donors today to increase their dedicated funding for adolescent and youth health.

The Call to Action for Adolescent and Youth Health in Ethiopia was held today.

In his opening remark, Health Minister Dr. Amir Aman said achieving the bold targets of 2020 will require us to do things differently, innovatively, and above all requires us to re-commit our time and resource to attain better health for adolescents and youth.

Ministry of Health has developed a five-year comprehensive strategy that costs 1.4 billion USD, Dr. Amir said, and urged donor communities to increase funding, provide on-ground support in creating quality youth-responsive facilities, centers, and schools.

I want to encourage donors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and stakeholders to re-state and step-up their commitment to achieving set targets, he added.

Noting that the future of the country rests on the hopes and aspirations of adolescents and youth, he said their health is fundamentally a key contributor to our economic development and social wellbeing.

Population Council Country Director, Dr. Annabel S. Erulkar said rural female seem to be disadvantaged on a number of accounts and "we need to pay attention to do more investment in places that are underserved."

She added that data analysis also show that "we need to go beyond some of our traditional topics and look into like substance use and abuse, which is a neglected area."

The Country Director stressed that there is need to move beyond adolescent reproductive health issues to mental health and substance use areas that donors should expand and have an open mind.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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