Yale Awarded $7.5 Million for Project to Transform Health Care in Ethiopia


The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) has been awarded $7.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to revolutionize the management and leadership of primary health care in Ethiopia.

GHLI will lead the Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative (PTI), which aims to create an integrated system that enhances the quality and equity of primary care throughout the country. Over a three-year term, PTI will work in 36 districts that address the health needs of more than 3 million people, advancing Ethiopia’s goal to achieve health outcomes comparable to those of a middle-income country by 2030.

“We are pleased to partner with the Gates Foundation to advance this area of health transformation,” said Elizabeth Bradley, faculty director of Yale GHLI. “Management is essential to develop a responsive and effective health system that sustains improvements.”

Ethiopia’s health system faces obstacles of communication and coordination across different system levels. PTI will target these challenges as part of the Federal Ministry of Health’s newly launched Woreda Transformation Initiative, a national effort to improve health facility performance in districts.

Through onsite mentorship, problem-solving skill-building, practical performance management tools, and building a culture of community engagement, PTI will support the Federal Ministry of Health’s focus on transforming primary care into an effectively governed and high-performing integrated system. PTI will target the district-level system, which includes primary hospitals, health centers, health posts, health extension workers, and health development army members who support a population of approximately 100,000 people.

Working in Ethiopia since 2006, Yale GHLI recently opened an in-country office with more than 20 staff members who engage across all levels of the health system on leadership development and quality improvement programs. GHLI creates and supports education and research programs to improve human health and health equity around the globe. For more information about GHLI, visithttp://ghli.yale.edu/ethiopia.