Improving vocational education and training in nursing and medical technology

Project description

Title: Capacity Development for Health Professionals in Ethiopia
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Ethiopia 
Lead executing agency: Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) of Ethiopia
Overall term: 2018 to 2021


Basic health care in Ethiopia has improved in recent years. However, some major challenges remain. Around 30-40 per cent of the equipment in the country’s health facilities is old and defective. Organisational and financial challenges make it difficult to obtain spare parts and consumables. The system for health-related vocational education and training lacks qualified trainers with the relevant practical experience, thus leading to a shortage of nursing staff and medical technicians.


The Ethiopian Government trains more nurses and medical technicians and improves the practical training.


To achieve its goals the project focuses on three main intervention areas:

  • Improving vocational education and training for nursing staff and biomedical technicians.
  • Setting up a repair workshop for medical equipment at a selected hospital.
  • Supporting the development of a strategy for managing medical equipment.

The project’s main partners include the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), Oromia Health Bureau, Tegbare-id TVET College in Addis Ababa, Nekemte Polytechnic College, Nekemte Health Science College, Nekemte Specialized Hospital and the non-governmental organisation Jhpiego.

In addition, in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the project is providing support to Ethiopia and Eritrea in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last update: November 2021