The 2013 progress report on Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, has shown that Ethiopia has achieved the millennium development goal to cut the mortality rate for children under the age of five, ahead of the 2015.
The country has reduced child death by more than two thirds over the past 20 years. In 1990, an estimated 204 children in every 1,000 died before the age of five. By 2012 the rate dropped to 68 (67%).
The health extension program implemented in Ethiopia is said to be an example of how critical community health workers are in providing quality care to children and mothers in remote areas.
“I believe it is the work of these amazing community health workers who have really put the country to achieve these results,” H.E. Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, Ethiopia’s Health Minister.