The Last Ten Kilometers project works closely with the Government of Ethiopia to implement innovations that engage local communities in improving maternal, newborn and child health. The project works to enhance the interactions between Ethiopian families, communities and the Government of Ethiopia’s Health Extension Workers, and to achieve sustainable reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health improvements at scale. This work aims to advance Ethiopia toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals related to maternal and child health.
Last 10 Kilometers is implementing the following innovations in Ethiopia:
- Enhancing the skills of the Health Extension Workers (HEWs) to organize a geographically spread network of Community Health Promoters (CHPs) who help the HEWs to communicate and negotiated healthy behaviours and practices among 25 to 30 households in their neighbourhood using tools and job aids developed by Last 10 Kilometers.
- Fostering the participation of existing community structures, organisations or institutions communities (such as churches, mosques, and women’s and youth associations) to motivate and sustain support of the CHPs/HEWs in their communities.