Introduction: The Oromia Development Association, with a technical and financial support from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, started the reproductive health/family planning project in selected zones of Oromia Regional state in the beginning of 2000. The major objective of the project is to increase access to reproductive health/family planning services, improve utilization of family planning services and to strengthen institutional capacity. The components of the Project are distribution of non-clinical contraceptives through community based reproductive health agents (CBRHAs) linked by referral and backup support to nearby health facilities, provision of IEC on different RH issues to create awareness and bring about behavioral change, promotion of ARH in-and out of school, youth clubs (art, poetry, and sports), and peer-to-peer education, and capacity building of different levels of the health care system.
Objective: The objective of this evaluation is to assess the strengths, weaknesses and results of the Packard Foundation funded RH/FP project implemented by ODA in four zones of the Oromia National Regional State. Methods: A mix of data collection and analysis methods are used to meet the overall objective of the evaluation. These entail review of records and reports of ODA for secondary data, collection of both qualitative and quantitative data using unstructured and structured questionnaires.
Result: The evaluation result shows high community involvements in all stages of the project, adequate linkages to health services for referral and clinical service, and availability of supervision. However the supervision lacks regularity, the training materials are not in local language, the training is of short duration and lacks adequate attention on counseling process, development and design of IEC lacks proper process. Nearly 100% of the planned health facilities are equipped, 80% of the planned health workers and 99% of the planned CBRHAs are trained and all planned youth clubs are supported.