Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and Amref Health Africa Partnership

Partnership objectives:

Implement jointly the Access Service and Knowledge (ASK) 4 Women Cancer Project activities in to the three Regional States (Afar- Zone 1 and 3; Amhara – North Showa Zone and South Nation and Nationalities People Region – Gamogofa Zone).

One of VIA & Cryotherapy treatment training participants at Clinical training. One of VIA & Cryotherapy treatment training participants at Clinical training. Copyright BMS

What are the health needs and challenges? 

Community awareness is low about women cancer prevention and there is also absence of screening and treatment services. Hence, women have been suffering with breast and cervical cancer. 

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The project is developed in collaboration with FMoH. There is a signed Memorandum of Agreement between FMoH and Amref Health Africa. The project implementation and Monitoring & Evaluation activities are done jointly. Raise the community awareness and capacity building activities in terms of training and equipping the health facilities for screening and treatment are pillars of the project, especially the cervical cancer “See and Treat” model.

Summary of impact and forward looking information 

We supported three hospitals in the three Regions. We have been facilitated the South Africa one week training for one Gynecologist. The breast screening service will be started after we equip the hospitals with Ultrasound. We have been already equipped 20 health centers with cryotheraphy equipment and the screening and treatment services started at these health facilities. The health workers have received training and are providing the service as health facilities have also were equipped to perform the screening and treatment services. Currently, many women are screened and treated for pre-cancerous cervical lesions. 

Measurement of progress towards objectives

Estimated overall value of partnership:

  • USD 550,000

Estimated amount of people impacted:

  • 20,329 patients screened
  • 800 women in baseline survey, 
  • 236 Health Care Workers trained 
  • 6,035 people through community, counselling and education sessions, and transmitted through the national radio station (FM 97.1) for three months.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH, Regional Health Bureau, Zonal Health Department

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases, Infectious Diseases, Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Tuberculosis, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach, Research & Development - Operations Research

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Ethiopia

Start Date 2015

Anticipated completion date 2018