Ethiopia

The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) partners with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) to strengthen leadership and quality of care across Ethiopian hospitals and the primary health care system. 

Through the Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative (EHMI), GHLI collaborates with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the FMOH to strengthen hospital management across the country. During the past 10 years, EHMI management mentors have worked within public hospitals to develop tools and processes for improved patient care.  This includes the creation of the national Ethiopian Hospital Reform Implementation Guideline – the foundation of hospital evaluation and reform in the country. Through EHMI, Yale designed and implemented the first Master’s of Hospital and Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program in Africa. Since the MHA launch in 2008, more than 120 professionals among four universities have been trained, resulting in significant hospital improvements, including reduced delays in outpatient care, decreased rates of post-surgical infection, and increased adherence to infection prevention standards. 

GHLI also supports the Ethiopian Hospital Alliance for Quality (EHAQ), the continent’s first national quality improvement collaboration to allow hospitals to share best practices. GHLI continues to assist the FMOH in a variety of hospital quality improvement efforts, including tools to foster guideline adherence in labor and delivery, implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, and efforts to improve hospital governing board performance.

Most recently, GHLI launched the Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative (PTI), a Gates Foundation funded program designed to create and integrate systems that enhances the quality and equity of primary care throughout the country.  Over a three-year term, PTI will work in 36 districts (woredas) that address the health needs of more than three million people, to strengthen problem solving capacity of primary health care facilities and advance Ethiopia’s goal to achieve health outcomes comparable to those of a middle-income country by 2030. Read more about PTI.