ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) handed over ten high-spec ambulances to the Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, and Tigray Regions.
The ambulances were purchased with approximately 24.5 million Birr (or nearly five hundred thousand USD) fund donated by Canada, Ireland, and Japan as part of their support to UNFPA Ethiopia’s humanitarian response.
The ambulances “will strengthen the referral linkage in addressing obstetric complications and other critical cases thereby enhancing the efforts at promoting safe delivery and ending preventable maternal deaths,” said Suzanne Mandong, UNFPA Representative to Ethiopia.
In a tweet, health minister Dr. Lia Tadesse expressed her “great appreciation to the governments” of the three countries for funding the donation of 10 ambulances and UNFPA “for procuring and delivering them.”
The hand-over ceremony was attended by regional and federal health officials as well as the embassies of the three donating countries