The project's objective was to support the regional system for primary health care and family planning. Training programmes for local midwives and nurses were implemented. A programme for control of endemic diseases, as well as a system for distribution of medicines were introduced. A mission of three experts, one of whom a specialist in public health from EPOS, visited the communities and the camps for people displaced by the war, within the project region. The mission assessed the main activities of the project.
The main tasks of the expert were the following: analysis and revision of the training curricula for traditional birth attendants and local nurses, assistance for the establishment of a community-based health care and family planning system, and evaluation of the system for distribution of essential drugs. Specific activities included: - Investigating the replication of the programme in another region of Ethiopia - Conducting an analysis of the integration of the cross-cutting topics gender and poverty in the implementation of the project - Making preliminary results available at a planning workshop for the second project phase - Conducting a review of the progress of the Family Planning Project in the Amhara Region. An important part of the review was conducting focus group discussions with community based distribution workers and the target population