Strengthening Human Resources for Health Ethiopia


The Strengthening Human Resources for Health (HRH) program was a six-year (2012–2018) bilateral cooperative agreement funded by USAID with an overall goal of improving the human resources for health status in Ethiopia. The project was led by Jhpiego, an international nonprofit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. We served as an implementing partner in the HRH project with Jhpiego and a consortium of partners, including the Ethiopia Midwifery Association, the Ethiopian Association of Anesthetists, and the Open University.

Our role in the project was to improve human resources management (HRM) systems and practices. Over six years, we worked with the Federal Ministry of Health; the Food, Medicine and Healthcare Administration and Authority; and 11 regional health bureaus to assess HRM capacity needs, develop plans, and provide technical support to implement a series of mutually reinforcing interventions to strengthen HRM capacity, systems, and practices.

Focus areas included:

  • Improving human resources for health management at the national, regional, and local levels in Ethiopia
  • Increasing the availability of midwives, anesthetists, health extension workers, and other essential health workers
  • Improving the quality of health worker training
  • Monitoring and evaluation, program learning, and research

Improving Human Resources Management in Health Sector to Improve Health

This report is the result of an internal review of the HRH program to understand, consolidate, and document the key achievements, barriers and enabling factors for strengthening human resources management (HRM) systems and practices in Ethiopia’s public health sector.

Donors & Partners


The United States Agency for International Development



Ethiopia Midwifery Association

Ethiopian Association of Anesthetists

Open University