Health Extension and Primary Health Service

Pastoralist Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate (PHPDPD)

This Directorate is established to coordinate health initiatives in four emerging regions - Afar, Somali, Gambela and Beneshangul-Gumuz. The Directorate provides special support to the above mentioned regions and work as a liaison office between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Federal Affairs. It also offers short and long term technical support by assigning experts of the Ministry in some of the districts.

Major Roles and Responsibilities of HPDP – GD


The health promotion and disease prevention strategic and annual plans as well as monitoring and evaluation activities are carried out in alignment with Policy, Planning and Finance General Directorate. As such, the HPDP-GD, based on the intended Health Sector Development Programme (HSDP) and the MDGs goals ensures:

  • The development of strategic plans addressing programmatic and thematic areas
  • Specific plans for each programme derive from the Ministry's annual plans
  • All plans are in alignment with strategies of the regions, woredas and kebeles

Manual and Guideline Development

In collaboration with development partners, the General Directorate:

  • Prepares and customises manuals, guidelines, and standards operating procedures (SOPs) as an output for the implementation of health promotion, disease prevention and basic curative health services at all levels in the health care delivery system
  • Updates existing manuals, guidelines and standard operating procedures according to new global evidences and health developments
  • Develops/adopts health promotion materials and job aids to the community and specific target groups


  • Facilitates programme based pre-service and in-service trainings to health professionals to build their capacity and competence levels
  • Collaborates with partners to develop and continuously update training materials
  • Provides support for the effective implementation of community based training in alignment of the health extension programme

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Monitors the implementation process of all health programmes using the new Health Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Conducts regular supportive supervisions and review meetings