Women’s Stories from the Malga District, Ethiopia

With thanks to your support, 174 new women’s health groups have been established.

These groups have over 12,300 women and men taking part, empowering them to work together to improve maternal and newborn health.


Communities have the answers to their health problems

Women throughout the region have identified various ways of improving their health. Over 13,900 people are benefiting from this hard work. You can read more about some of these successes and achievements in the stories below:

Birtukan holds her son, who suffered from diarrhoea, before receiving treatment

Birtukan holds her son, who suffered from diarrhoea, before receiving treatment

Birtukan’s Story: Reducing the Risk of Deadly Diarrhoea

"We used to treat our babies with medicine made from grass. We did not realise it caused the babies harm."

Tesfaye and Zinu talk about family planning

Tesfaye and Zinu talk about family planning

Planned Pregnancies and Family Planning Improve Health, Welfare

“We are giving advice to our neighbours. A child will be stronger and better educated if parents wait.”

Trustee Louise talks to one of the project workers about the new maternity waiting home

Trustee Louise talks to one of the project workers about the new maternity waiting home

How women lobbied for safer births - and won

Find out how the community came together to successfully lobby the government to build a waiting home.


See and hear more about the work in Malga District

The women’s health groups have helped vastly improve maternal and newborn health in Malga Woreda. Watch and hear stories of how the groups managed to achieve this in the videos below.

Trustee Louise Morris shares her experiences of what she has learnt from watching women's health groups in Ethiopia.

Tariku, the Project Co-ordinator, talks about how this approach increases awareness of problems and transforms attitudes.

Mintamir, a Women's Health Group Leader, talks about how attitudes are changing thanks to the community groups.

Adinew, FGAE Team Leader, talks about how men have an important role in women's health groups and making changes.



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