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Ohio State University Visited Mary Joy

Ohio State University delegates unveiled their interest to partnership: The Ohio State University (OSU) delegates visited Mary Joy Development Association on December 9, 2012. The delegates encompass OSU’s professors, Deans and researchers. The visit was aimed to establish partnership between MJDA and OSU on community health outreach program, volunteer mobilization and in-service training programs. The delegates visited the MJDA medical center’s activities and integrated community development programs as well as discussion has been held among the team members and MJDA’s management on the focus of the partnership and sustainability of MJDA’s health programs. The visitors were accompanied by Professor Tirusew Tefera (Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Studies, Addis Ababa University) and Dr. Mekasha Kassaye (Assistant Professor in English Language Pedagogy and Higher Education Policy and Management) and Ethiopian Medical Student Association’s Executives.

Volunteers Recognition

On the 4th of February 2012, MJDA organized a Volunteers Recognition Event to publically recognize the contribution of 200 volunteers who have been actively participating during the last 5 years to achieve the organization’s objectives.

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Livelihood Enhancement: the program focused on improving the socioeconomic conditions of vulnerable groups in the target area. The program aimed to bring this change via primary health care services, primary education services and economic empowerment.

Economic Empowerment

Involves in provision of vocational skill training, Income Generating Schemes, Training on Basic Business Skills, promote working culture.

Primary Health Care Services:

Iincludes Information, Education and Communication [IEC], Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI), Reproductive health service [RH], Environmental Health and personal hygiene, Basic curative health service.

Providing Primary Education:

Services like expansion of schools, construction of new libraries, kindergartens and primary schools, tutorial class and non formal education, provision of scholastic materials and school fees to orphan and vulnerable children.