Review of Policy, Regulatory, and Organizational Frameworks of Environment and Health in Ethiopia

Authors

  • Getnet Mitike
  • Achenef Motbainor
  • Abera Kumie
  • Jonathan Samet
  • Heather Wipfli

Abstract

Abstract Background: Ethiopia produced its Environmental Health Situational Analysis and Needs Assessment (SANA) report in 2010 as part of the global endeavor to characterize and underscore the importance of connecting health and environment. The assessment methods used in SANA 2010 were updated, replicated and used in this Situational Analysis and Needs Assessment with a focus on air pollution, occupational safety and health, and climate change. Objectives: The purpose of the review was to examine national policies and identify gaps in regulations and organizational arrangements that determine Ethiopia’s ability to mitigate and eventually prevent the health impacts of air pollution, occupational hazards, and climate change. Methods: The national policy and regulatory documents were reviewed. Literature was identified through electronic searches. Hard copies of past reports and policies were reviewed whenever necessary. A semi-structured guideline was used to conduct in-depth interviews aimed at identifying gaps and needs. Results: The Constitution of Ethiopia has policy provisions related to air pollution, occupational safety and health (OSH), and climate change and health. Proclamation No. 300/2002 of the Environmental Pollution Control specifies ambient air quality standards and allowable emissions. However, there were no documents that outlined the national or regional strategies that the ministries and agencies could adopt to translate existing policies, legal provisions, or guidelines for air pollution into practical programs. In the same way, a national OSH policy was lacking at the time this review was made on how occupational safety and health should be handled nationally or at lower governing levels as required by the International Occupation Safety and Health and Working Environment Convention No. 155/1981. Ethiopia is a signatory of this Convention. Conclusions and Recommendations: The results of the situational analysis indicate that there are cross-cutting gaps in the various sectors. Among these, addressing the critical shortage of skilled personnel is an urgent priority. Most stakeholders face acute shortages of professionals and poor retention mechanisms. It is therefore important to a) design interventions that focus on capacity building in, for example, aligning curricula with specific needs of ministries, and b) equip professionals with the necessary technical skills. In addition, the results indicate that policies and regulations exist in theory, but in practice, there are inadequate implementation strategies to encourage adherence and enforcement of the regulations and policies [Ethiop. J. Health Dev. 2015; 29(Special Issue):19-26]

Published

2020-12-26

How to Cite

Mitike, G., Motbainor, A., Kumie, A., Samet, J., & Wipfli, H. (2020). Review of Policy, Regulatory, and Organizational Frameworks of Environment and Health in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Journal of Health Development, 21(1). Retrieved from https://ejhd.org/index.php/ejhd/article/view/350

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