Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world with around half of its 75 million inhabitants living in extreme poverty. Since 1974 we've been working to keep children safe, happy and healthy.
Ethiopia faces enormous challenges in caring for its children.
More than 60% of the population in Ethiopia cannot read or write.
Child marriage is widely accepted - 41% of girls are married by the age of 18.
Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - 205,000 children each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
How we're helping
Fewer than half of pregnant women in Ethiopia receive antenatal care, and a trained midwife attends a small fraction of deliveries. Babies are dying because they don't get the care they need. We are working to change that.
Plan International helps health centres construct dedicated maternity wings and provides specialist neonatal and infant health training for healthcare workers.
Clean water is also essential for good health, which is why we are helping communities construct clean water supplies, such as wells and boreholes. We are also helping villages and schools build safe, hygienic toilets so that people no longer have to go to the toilet outdoors, reducing the spread of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera.