June 27, 2018 – The Health Sector Financing Reform/Health Finance & Governance Project in Ethiopia, which is ending in September 2018, conducted regional End of Project events in the month of June.
The events, attended by high level regional officials, including health and finance bureau heads and representatives from regional councils, as well as other stakeholders from regional down to woreda (district) levels, were marked by appreciations for the contributions of the project to the implementation of the health care financing reform (including Community Based Health Insurance) in Ethiopia.
Leulseged Ageze, COP, said that the regional closing events had two purposes: a mutual celebration of the successes achieved over the past five years with government and other partners, and expressing gratitude to those partners who have labored together during the project period. Regional health bureau officials recognized the role the project played in the health sector in their regions.
Dr Hagos Godefay, head of the Tigray Regional Health Bureau, thanked the staff of HSFR/HFG as well as the government and people of the United States for the support extended over the years to improve health service in the region, and expressed his region’s desire for the assistance to continue at an even bigger level. Ato Bizuayehu Gashaw, deputy head of the Amhara Regional Health Bureau, said, “Although I am here to mark the completion of the project, I would like to stress that the support of the USAID should continue in order to ensure that the achievements we have made could be sustained.”
Dr Dereje Dguma, head of the Oromia Regional health Bureau detailed the progresses in the implementation of health sector financing reform in his region and said, “The success we talk about today are here after we introduced health sector financing reform. It was a journey that had highs and lows, but HSFR/HFG is among those projects that are well managed. I want to thank the USAID, Abt Associates, all those who made this project possible.”