A High Level EU Delegation Visits PBS-Social Accountability (SA) Project

An EU Delegation paid a visit to ESAP2 site -Semen Health Center, in Arada Sub-city woreda 4 on July 17, 2015.

The delegation led by Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, Director General for EU International Development and Cooperation in Brussels, met and discussed with the community, service providers and local officials and learned first hand the progress of social accountability on the ground.

According to Ato Mussie Yasin the Project Coordinator of Addis Ababa Women Association(AAWA), some of the health service problems gaps identified by the community through the SA process included: shortage of midwifery, shortage of essential drugs, insufficient ART service, disorganized registrar/recording system, shortage of equipment and drugs for delivery, poor hygiene of the health center with inconvenient toilets ,shortage of water for patient ward rooms and lack of generator which was needed during failure of power.

  

He said, such service issues were discussed with the concerned stakeholders, action plan was developed and implemented accordingly. To this end, four additional midwives were recruited, equipment were supplied, the Drug therapeutic committee(DTC) was revitalized and became functional, additional budget was allocated for drugs, additional health staffs were deployed, OPD increased from 3 to 5, card room system was improved, one additional room for ART service was made available, the compound has been cleaned, septic tank was covered/sealed, new toilets were constructed, generator was procured with 540,000 birr and water reservoir was procured from governemnt own source.

Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, Director General for EU International Development and Cooperation in Brussels, said, “ I am impressed by the role of the social accountability committee (SAC). It is a very advanced way of the participation of beneficiaries/population in public service. I was thinking about similar services in Europe and very often we don’t have this kind of social accountability committees. It is a very positive development. I was very impressed with the evolution of the improvement of the quality of the service and the place. It is very rewarding to see our contribution can help local authorities and local population to improve their living condition in this case mainly women and children.”

 

Ambassador Chantal Hebberecht, Head of European Union Delegation to Ethiopia said, “I am very happy with this visit. It is very interesting to meet representatives of SAC to see the improvement of health care center based on a very frank dialogue between the service users, Service providers and representatives of the government. I am impressed with the commitment and willingness of the people to improve their own situation. It is very encouraging. I hope this kind of project will spread all over the country to improve the access to health center and quality of health services.”

 

The delegation consisited of Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, Director General for EU International Development and Cooperation in Brussels, Ambassador Chantal Hebberecht, Head of European Union Delegation to Ethiopia, Francisco Carreras, Head of cooperation at delegation of the EU to Ethiopia, Thomas Huyghebaert, Head of Governance, Economic and Social Development Section at the delegation of the EU to Ethiopia, Augusto Piccagli, Head of the Finance and Contract Section and represetnatives from Irish Aid.

The visit was organized by ESAP2 Management Agency together with AWWA one of the 49 lead social accoutability implementing parners, that is implementing SA in Yeka woreda 4, Arada woreda 3, Gulele woreda 6 and Kolfe worda 2.