Partnership in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and IHME have been partnering since 2018 to strengthen understanding of health trends and support policy changes in Ethiopia.

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64.5 years was the average life expectancy in Ethiopia in 2021, an 18-year increase from 1990.
A 54% increase in the disparity between the highest and lowest SDI regions in Ethiopia occurred from 1990 to 2019, demonstrating persistent inequities within the country.
18.5% of all DALYs in Ethiopia in 2021 were due to neonatal disorders, representing the leading cause of burden in the country.

About the partnership

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and IHME partner to facilitate the collection, exchange, and analysis of data, conduct burden of disease analysis, strengthen health metrics capacity, and translate evidence to decision-makers for policy action. 

Established in 2018, this collaboration produced the first-ever subnational burden of disease estimates for Ethiopia, established a national data repository system at EPHI’s National Data Management and Analytics Center for Health (NDMC), initiated data science and health metrics training initiatives, and developed actionable evidence briefs and policy documents for the Ministry of Health.

Looking ahead, EPHI and IHME will advance local capacity to produce high-quality analytic products that meet local and national evidence demands and contribute to informed decision-making and policy setting at the national, regional, and district levels. 

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What are the major findings?

Over the last three decades, Ethiopia has made substantial improvements in health. Average life expectancy has increased by 22 years, thanks to reductions in deaths due to:

  • tuberculosis
  • diarrheal diseases
  • lower respiratory infections
  • war and conflict

However, progress was not uniform across Ethiopia’s highly diverse, multi-ethnic, and predominantly rural population. 

While Socio-demographic Index (SDI) rose in Ethiopia overall from 0.13 to 0.34, there was a much more noticeable increase in the highest-SDI region of Addis Ababa compared to the lowest-SDI regions of Somali and Afar.

Read the research

Featured events

EPHI, IHME, and Ethiopia GBD Collaborators have presented their research on Ethiopian health at workshops, conferences, and other events around the region.

Dr. Awoke Misganaw presents EPHI NDMC experience at an Africa CDC workshop in Mozambique.

Dr. Mesay Hailu, Director General of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, presents opening remarks at the GBD Ethiopia Collaborators Symposium in Addis Ababa.

GBD Collaborators and stakeholders gather in Addis Ababa for a National and Subnational Burden of Disease Collaborators’ Symposium in 2023.

researchers discuss a data visualization of Ethiopian health

Members of NDMC share a data visual with GBD Ethiopia Collaborators.

NDMC staff present posters highlighting GBD 2019 findings to Collaborators in Ethiopia.

Featured projects

Interactive data visual

GBD Compare in Amharic

We collaborated with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute to translate our most popular data visualization, which compares health trends across over 200 countries and subnational locations. 


Reports and scientific articles

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute and IHME have collaborated on numerous scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, policy reports, and blog posts.

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Ethiopia country profile

Country profiles provide an overview of findings from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD), including forecasts for population size, life expectancy, causes of death, and more. They are generated using over 80,000 data sources to produce the most scientifically rigorous estimates possible.

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