Menna AsratJuly 15, 2018


Awareness about treatment and control of diabetes is extremely low among developing nations like Ethiopia although available evidence suggests an increasing prevalence of diabetes and its risk factors not only on adults but among children. With more children being diagnosed with the illness in the country, EBR’s Menna Asrat took a look at what could be behind the growing rates of diabetes, and what people can do every day to protect their health.

Menna AsratJune 16, 2018

The National Archives Strive to Safeguard Treasures, Make History Approachable

Much has been made of the looting of treasures from African countries. Recently, the argument over the ownership of relics taken from Meqdela during the reign of Emperor Tewodros II has sparked renewed interest about the raiding of national treasures in Ethiopia. One of the major institutions responsible for the safeguarding of Ethiopia’s possessions is the National Archive and Library Agency. The Archive is currently undergoing changes, including the construction of a new 13 floor building to better organise its collection. EBR’s Menna Asrat went behind the scenes to see a side of the Archive few visitors get to see.

Menna AsratJune 15, 2018

Another Cultural and Practical Hurdle for Ethiopian Girls

Period poverty is a huge problem for women all over the world, both in developed and developing countries. Millions of girls especially in developing countries like Ethiopia are forced to skip school every month because of inadequate menstrual supplies, adding up to hundreds of hours of missed classes every academic year. A lack of proper water and sanitation, as well as poverty is preventing girls and women from exploiting their full potential. EBR’s Menna Asrat looks into the actions being taken to address the issue.

Ashenafi EndaleMay 16, 2018

Can Ethiopia Eradicate Malaria By 2030?

Malaria has been a long reaching challenge for Ethiopia. The state of Afar is one of the areas affected by malaria. About 28Pct of the population of Afar is currently infected with a mosquito-borne infectious disease. To avert the situation, a campaign launched by USAID has been streamlining the distribution of bed nets to at-risk areas including Afar. Other campaigns have also been putting a dent in the prevalence and spread of malaria in the country. However, the fight against the disease is still far from over, as EBR’s Ashenafi Endale reports.

Menna AsratApril 15, 2018


Thousands of children have been adopted from Ethiopia to various countries around the world. However, revelations from advocacy groups and adoptees themselves have sparked debate  over whether inter-country adoptions should be allowed to continue. In the beginning of 2018, after a period of suspension, the government made the decision to completely close international adoptions. But the issue of whether the systems inside the country will be able to handle the care of these children has been a point of contention among those who work in child welfare and services. EBR’s Menna Asrat looks at the way forward for Ethiopia’s vulnerable children.

Amanyehun R. SisayAmanyehun R. SisayDecember 1, 2017


Primary prevention, screening and appropriate follow-up, treatment and provision of palliative care reduce the burden of breast cancer. Ethiopia is also focusing on these preventive methods to reduce the fatal effects of the disease.

However, poor awareness, inadequate cancer-treatment infrastructure and cancer-management options are challenging the country of estimated 104 million from effectively addressing the issue. EBR’s Hiwot Selalew explored the interventions.



In Ethiopia, road traffic accident (RTA) has been among the main causes of death. For example, 4,500 people died of RTA in 2016/17. The problem seems staggering in Addis Ababa. In fact, it became one of the top ten causes of deaths in the city in the last decade. The number of deaths due to RTA rose from 395 in 2006/07 to 463 in 2016/17. The city administration, which introduced road traffic safety strategy in March 2017, has launched its action plan recently. With primary targets of halving deaths and injuries by 2023; and providing sustainable transport systems for all by 2030, the action plan establishes a framework to implement a successful road safety programme. EBR explores the strategy and the potential developments to come.

Addisu DeresseAugust 15, 2013


The 125 years old Addis Abeba seems to be at a threshold of a major socio-economic shift. As the middle class urbanite poised to reach a significant mass, the city has become a sea of changes, transforming at a breakneck speed. The infrastructure setting and the material needs of this growing cosmopolitan society is growing by the day. Numerous massive infrastructure projects are under way and different buildings are popping up here and there. But, the number of upcoming buildings may not be good enough to tell the whole story any more. Beyond this surprising structural development in the City, life has not just been what used to be for the city dwellers. From automating the daily life to a high demand of a world class comfort, life of the Addis Abebans seems to be changing for the better.

Addisu DeresseJuly 15, 2013


If you go to Mesalemiya, near Africa’s largest open air market Merkato, you likely find yourself dodging cars, pedestrians, donkeys and carts struggling to reach their destinations. And adjacent to this world where traders and buyers barter loudly all day and grain is unloaded from dusk till dawn; you will also come upon the entrance gate for Ethiopia’s only public mental hospital, Amanuel Specialized Hospital.

Addisu DeresseJuly 15, 2013


In Ethiopia, prosecution for corruption has been rare, which is why establishing the Federal Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (FEACC), in 2001, was seen as a ‘game-changing’ move by the government. Although there have been notable arrests in the past such as Tamirat Layne, prime minister of the transitional government, Siye Abraha, former minister of defence and Abate Kisho, former president of the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region, some argue that arrests were politically motivated and that corruption from big players on Ethiopia’s political and economic stage went un-checked by an enforcement body seen as weak and a public seen as apathetic.

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