Ethiopia is DKT’s first country program, started in 1990, the year after DKT was founded. Since then, Ethiopia has made remarkable progress towards improving access to and use of contraceptives. The contraceptive prevalence rate for married women increased dramatically from 3% in 1990 to 40% in 2015. However, much work remains to be done, as 24% of women want to use contraception but lack access.
The 2012 UN AIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic noted the progress Ethiopia has made in fighting HIV from 2001-2011, when new infections dropped by 90%, the largest drop of any country in Africa and the second greatest in the world. What’s more, the 2011 Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey reported HIV prevalence at a relatively modest 1.5%. However, HIV is still a significant challenge for Ethiopia and much work remains.
DKT Ethiopia began operations with the introduction of Hiwot Trust condoms and now offers two condom brands (with have become the Number 1 and Number 2 brands in the country), oral, injectable, emergency contraceptives and several other health products. DKT regularly supplies over 40% of Ethiopia’s CYPs and 35% of its reproductive health commodities. In December 2013, Studies in Family Planning published an article documenting DKT’s contribution to Ethiopia’s family planning success.
DKT supports the Ministry of Health with safe abortion products, contraceptives and HIV prevention activities. DKT has been partnering with the military in Ethiopia for decades.
DKT Ethiopia engages high school entrepreneurs through its youth program, the Young Marketers Initiative, a collaboration that includes 150 HIV/AIDS prevention clubs of student entrepreneurs who sell condoms to their peers. The Young Marketers clubs regularly account for a third of DKT Ethiopia’s condom sales.
DKT Ethiopia is a leading creator of innovative programming and behavior change campaigns. DKT Ethiopia’s Wise-Up Program is one of Africa’s largest HIV prevention programs targeting to sex workers. Another DKT program, The Likke Project, promotes and distributes a wide range of contraceptives to rural couples as they visit their local market.
In 2017, DKT Ethiopia generated 3,459,638 couple years of protection.