Addis Ababa October 07/2017 Czech Republic will further strengthen its support to Ethiopia, Ambassador Karel Hejč said.
Czech's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Karel Hejč said the embassy is working to promote the investment opportunities in Ethiopia so that Czech investors could engage in the country.
According to him, Czech Republic has been supporting Ethiopia as its development partner, particularly in water supply and education, since 2001.
Since 2010, Czech has selected Ethiopia as its sole development partner in Africa and providing three million Euros annually, he said.
Czech Republic recognizes the historic relations with Ethiopia as the two countries are also the founders of the League of Nations, the Ambassador added.
Ambassador Hejč further revealed that Czech Republic will continue increase its assistance to five of its development partner countries, particularly to Ethiopia.
Czech Republic was working in areas of clean water supply, health and education projects at community level in line with the focus areas identified by the government, he pointed out.
Ethiopia and the Czechoslovakia established diplomatic relation in the early 1920s.
Addis Ababa October 07/2017 Ethiopia has launched and reinvigorated HIV/AIDS prevention and control campaigns to meet the 90-90-90 target by 2020.
The 90-90-90 target is a plan to get 90 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS diagnosed, 90 percent of diagnosed people get access to antiretroviral treatment, and 90 percent of people in treatment with fully suppressed viral load.
Federal HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) Deputy Director-General, Abraham Gebremedhin told ENA that the campaign includes reviewing the nationwide prevention methods taken in the previous years.
A national population-based survey has been conducted to assess efforts made in prevention and control over the past fifteen years.
The Deputy Director-General said the government is working to implement new approaches like self-testing, comprehensive and integrated community comprehensive HIV/AIDS services and treatments.
The government is also planning to launch HIV/AIDS prevention program at place of work by mainstreaming the program in various government institutions utilizing the budget allotted to them, he added.
He stated that HAPCO will also putting in place comprehensive and inclusive prevention and control strategies to meet the target.
“Continuous awareness creation activities and training need to be conducted across the country”
Ministry of Health State Minster, Dr. Kebede Worku said the country needs to restart prevention works to stop the prevalence of the virus and stop the disease to attain “Zero-AIDS” by 2030.
According to him, the responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic have shown considerable progress and achieved encouraging results.
“Apart from designing midterm plans for the implementation of programs in the health sector, special programs ranging from five to six years have been implemented over the previous years and commendable results have been registered in curbing the proliferation of the virus in the country.”
Despite the achievements, the virus is spreading throughout the country. “Even though some people think that the virus has stopped spreading, it is actually spreading silently”, the State Minster revealed.
"Generally speaking, out of the 64 percent of the expenditure allotted to public health comes from government budget while only 36 percent is generated from donors. Ministry of Health needs to scale up its program intervention in fighting the virus. Even then, the current rate of proliferation of the disease warrants the concerted efforts of the public and all partners in the battle against the virus", he said.
HAPCO Multi-sectoral Response Director, Kifle Mitiku said on his part the country can meet the target set by UNAIDS if each and every sector gives priority to HIV/AIDS.
“We have ample experience on ways and means to prevent and control HIV/ AIDS, provided that the federal and regional councils as well as other stakeholders are committed to the prevention and treatment of the disease”, he said.
On the other hand, the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new five-year community HIV/AIDS care and treatment project last month.
The projects which consume 40 million USD are meant to support the government of Ethiopia to achieve the 90-90-90 target through community-based HIV/AIDS care and treatment approaches.
Addis Ababa October 07/2017 The Ethiopian Aviation Academy has graduated 262 aviation professionals today.
The academy, which claims to be the largest and the most modern aviation in Africa, graduated 50 pilots, of which two are female, 66 aviation maintenance technicians, 120 cabin crew and 26 equipment and facility maintenance technicians.
Speaking on the occasion, Ethiopian Airlines Group (EAG) CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam urged the graduates to serve customers with full of integrity, discipline, energy and passion.
According to him, the Ethiopian Aviation Academy is working devotedly for the integration of African economy.
He added that the academy has the capacity to support the 2025 vision of EAG growth plan with adequate aviation professionals.
Among this round of graduates 34 are foreigners from Senegal, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Togo and Congo.
Managing Director of Ethiopian, Solomon Debebe stated his belief that the graduates would discharge their responsibilities to ensure the safety of customers.
The Ethiopian Aviation Academy currently trains 2000 aviation professionals annually and plans to enhance its intake capacity to 4,000 by 2025.
Addis Ababa October 06/2017 Ministers and other high-level representatives of foreign countries have visited the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit and Reppie Waste-to-Energy Facility today.
The Light Rail Transit which is environment-friendly and Reppie facility that minimizes municipality waste by 10 percent along with generating energy were appreciated by the visitors.
Ugandan Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Kitutu Mary Goretti said what the government and people of Ethiopia did on these two projects is a great model for the rest of Africa.
Lesotho's Minister of Energy and Meteorology, F. M Hloaele on his part stated that both projects are quite amazing due to their green economy contributions. But the Reppie Waste-to-Energy Facility is the first of its kind in Africa, he added.
Resident Engineer of Reppie Waste-to-Energy, Claus Goosmann said the plant is of European standard and the entire internal complex is well-built.
The officials said the two environment-friendly projects are examples of renewable energy and most of the African ministers are keen to share the experiences of Reppie Waste-to-Energy Facility in particular.
Reppie Waste-to-Energy Facility that will become operational soon will produce 22,000 bricks from waste processed in the plant in a single day.