Community-Based Primary Health Care

Under its Community Based Primary Health Care component, the focus of which had been on prevention, promotion and curative aspects, Pro Pride assisted poor members of the communities in general and women, children, and youth in Merkato and Entoto areas to have access to different type of health services. These include immunization of children under one year and women in the reproductive age group, family planning services, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services including antenatal, postnatal and delivery services; environmental health service and dissemination of health focused information, education, and communication.

As part of its health intervention, Pro Pride had also provided curative services in the two clinics established in Merkato and Entoto areas. Accordingly, the Clinics provided consultation and laboratory examinations to a total of 133,459 community members with women constituting over 60 percent of the total clients up to the end of 2008. Similarly, the Clinics also dispensed essential drugs worth Birr 1,112,652.90 to patients visiting both clinics. Apart from this, the Clinics had provided Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services (VCT) benefiting a total of 11,297 people (7,204 female and 4,093 male). Pro Pride had enabled poor and marginalized segments of the community to receive general health care services from its polyclinics located in Merkato and Entoto areas in Addis Ababa starting from 1996 until these facilities were handed over to government in 2008.

To respond to reproductive health and HIV/AIDS problems in a linked manner so that vulnerability of women and children to HIV infection will be reduced, the organization has also been sensitizing and counseling Family Planning, Antenatal Care clients and clients with STD to take VCT services in the clinics. To this end, the organization had established a referral linkage between the VCT and FP/MCH units of its clinics and with that of external health institutions to facilitate access of clients to ART and PMTCT services.