A new project called Improving Nutritional Status of Pregnant and Lactating Women with Children in Rural Ethiopia (INSPIRE) is being conducted by Save the Children and Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
The four and half year project funded by GAC aims to reduce the pressing problems of maternal and child malnutrition in 22 selected food – insecure Woredas of Afar and Amhara regions. The INSPIRE project will be implemented by Save the Children with an estimated budget of 29.9 million Canadian Dollars. It is expected to benefit half a million people.
Country Director od Save the Children John Graham, said “Save the Children is proud to implement another project that directly contributes to Ethiopia’s GTPII; our experience in implementing projects that target women and children shows remarkable progress and we should invest more to reduce maternal and newborn deaths and sustain the country’s achievements.’’
Ethiopia has reduced child mortality by 67% since 1990 but malnutrition remains an important challenge affecting maternal, newborn and children’s health.