An Army of Good
How 32,000 Ethiopian women are dramatically improving health in Ethiopia
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The lack of health care professionals and clinics across Ethiopia meant many families were suffering from preventable and treatable diseases. In response, the Ethiopian government has trained over 32,000 high-school educated women to work as Health Extension Workers and teach rural families about disease prevention and healthy living. The workers often walk miles to reach families in remote areas – but their resilience is paying off. Since the program’s launch in 2006, families in Ethiopia have experienced dramatic health improvements, including a 50 percent reduction in malaria and a 35 percent increase in DPT immunization.