Ethiopia with a sustainable use of resources, resilient ecosystems, sustainable livelihoods, and a healthy population.
To contribute to sustainable development in Ethiopia by promoting and enhancing the integration of population, health and environment through multi-sectoral approaches.
Support the development of Ethiopia, and contribute to the success of Ethiopia’s Development Plans including Growth and Transformation plan II (GTPII), Climate Resilient Green Economy, and the Sustainable Development Goals
They Promote Respect for Nature and Human Well-being: PHE EC and its members strongly believe that people should be the main focus of development interventions and that human wellbeing is inextricably linked to the health and sustainability of the environment.
They Believe in Partnerships and Collaboration:PHE EC believes partnerships and coalition building as the cornerstone of successful multi-sectoral PHE integration and is committed to fostering and sustaining partnerships with government bodies, member organizations, development partners, and other stakeholders in order to achieve its goals and objectives.
They Promote Equality, Rights and Diversity: PHE EC promotes social equality and the rights of all people, including women, children and marginalized communities, to be respected and protected. PHE EC works with people from all walks of life and encourages the active participation of people regardless of age, gender, disability, or any other differences.
They Promote Accountability and Transparency:PHE EC accepts full accountability for all its agreed commitments and strongly supports the use of evidence and results to influence decision-making and to measure the effectiveness of its interventions and activities. PHE EC strives to openly demonstrate the results of its work transparently to its members, partners, stakeholders, and the general public.
They Promote Community Ownership, Participation and Empowerment:PHE EC and its member organizations believe that community ownership, participation, and empowerment are essential components of successful interventions to promote creativity, imagination, innovation, and sustainability.
• Generate active cooperation with national, regional an international partners and research centers, and provide important sources of solidarity and cooperation for national level developmental efforts and lessons.
• Help narrow the communication gap between population, health, gender and environmental organizations and activities.
• Serve as a powerful learning forum, because of the interchange with organizations working on PHE issues.
• Develop coordination and collaboration between organizations and to strengthen access to information and resources.
• Increase visibility and success of developmental initiatives and campaigns.
Population: Family Planning (Birth Spacing, limiting births, emergency contraception, adolescent sexual and Reproductive Health, etc.)
Health: HIV/AIDS, ARI Prevention, water and sanitation, malaria prevention, primary health care, child survival, etc.
Environment: Environmental conservation, natural resources management (NRM).
Fisheries management, forest management and governance, conservation of endangered species, etc.
Population, Health and Environment (PHE) projects acknowledge and address the complex connections between humans, their health, and their environment. PHE operates with the assumption that people, their health, and the environment are interrelated and interdependent; changes in the number, state, and/or distribution of any of the above affects the others; human needs, their livelihood and a healthy environment are linked by chains of cause and effect.
» The key objective of PHE projects is to simultaneously improve access to health services while also helping communities manage their natural resources in ways that improve their health and livelihoods and conserve the critical ecosystems they depend upon.” (Environmental Health project, 2008)
The underlying philosophy is fundamentally one of integration and multi-sectoral partnerships. This approach can be applied to achieve a range of development goals beyond family planning and conservation. Program areas using the PHE approach have included disaster mitigation, gender mainstreaming, HIV/AIDS programming, food security promotion, security and governance, social entrepreneurship, environmental health promotion, and economic development.
PHE initiatives are cost efficient, generate added value and can create synergies not found in vertical programs and projects. In general PHE,
» Strengthens family planning efforts, particularly in remote underserved communities.
» It creates greater access to men for communicating family planning messages and improving male involvement in family planning decisions.
» It creates greater access to youth especially young men who are traditionally out of reach for family planning program.
» Increases credit access and labor participation by women in economic development activities, which influences gender norms and capacity for decision-making.
» Increases benefits to environment and conservation programs due to increased community support and buy-in as basic needs are met.
» Serves as an entry point for the family planning and conservation by addressing community priorities such as clean water and health services.
» Contributes to better management and conservation of natural resources and eases population pressures on local ecosystems.
» Improves, diversifies and creates opportunities for sustainable livelihoods by reducing community morbidity and mortality and dependence on finite natural resources.
» Can improve access to water and sanitation
» Demonstrated cost-effectiveness
» Solid platform for future programs
» A broadened audience base
» New channels for information on the benefits of smaller healthier families and protected environments.
» Is an effective way for environmental organizations to build goodwill in communities by responding to their needs in a holistic fashion.