Programs Partners

CORE Group

  • What is CORE Group?
  • CORE Group Ethiopia/CGE
  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Priority Objectives
  • Implementations Strategies
  • Implementing Partners
  • Major Achievements

What is CORE Group?

CORE Group is a voluntary network of 50 citizen supported private non-governmental organizations based in the USA CORE Group was formed in 1997 and to date works in over 140 countries to promote and improve primary health care. The main focus of the CORE Group is women and children in the context of multi-pectoral development.

CORE Group polio project (CGPP) was formed in 1999 and implemented in Angola, Ethiopia and India. CGPP projects are funded by USAID and jointly coordinated by World Vision and CARE the project provides community level support for supplemental immunization activates and community based surveillance.

CORE Group Ethiopia/CGE

CORE Group Ethiopia (CGE) has signed Strategic partnership agreement with consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA) in November 2001 to implement polio eradication project in different parts of Ethiopia.


CORE Group Ethiopia envisions seeing Ethiopia as one of the countries where all women and children have full access to important primary health care services that assure maximum child survival.


CORE Ethiopia exists to complement the child survival efforts of partners by filling gaps in the most effective interventions for the most vulnerable and least accessible communities.


Priority Objectives:

  • Support national efforts in AFP, measles, NNT and other infectious infectious diseases case detection and reporting (focusing on community based Surveillance)
  • Support national efforts in supplementary immunization activities
  • Support national efforts in routine immunization.
  • Support documentation and use of information to continuously improve the quality of health activates for child survival, and Strengthen capacity for coordination and effective implementation.

Implementations Strategies

  • Using the already existing structure and infrastructures of partners for program implementation
  • Par6ticvipation in and promotion of community-based and participatory approaches to planning, implementation and evaluation;
  • Establishing and maintaining linkages between community volunteers with local level government structures structures

CGE since its establishment, has been coordination efforts of private voluntary organizations (PVOs)/NGOs involved in polio eradication in Ethiopia, throughout these years, CGE has primarily been involved in the polio eradication initiative and has expanded its program engagement  to routine and more comprehensive child survival programs,

CGE, together with its allies has started support towards the county’s EPI sulti-year plan through GAVI CSO fund support project in hard to reach areas of the pastoralist communities in the county.

Capitalizing on the good practices of its community based strategy, CGE has started support towards the country’s malaria prevention and control efforts since 2007 as malaria is one of the major public health problem in the county.

Implementing partners

The CORE Group secretariat is currently hosted by the Consortium of Christian Relief and Development association (CCRDA) and implementing its project activities through:-

  • Eight international NGOs: CARE Ethiopia, Christian Children’s fund Ethiopia, plan vision Ethiopia, save the Children USA, world committee and African Medical Research foundation; and

Four local NGOs: pastoralist concern, Hararghe catholic secretariat, Alemtena Catholic Church and the Ethiopia n Evangelical Church Mekenae Yesus.

Major Achievements

  • In collaboration with FHB, FMoH, WHO UNICEF, Rotary international and other partner organizations, CGE, conducted regional High level advocacy workshop on immunization and surveillance activity in gambella, Benishangul Gumuz and Afar Regional States.
  • To fill the gap of the national facility based surveillance and EPI interventions. CGE initiated and implementing CBS using more than 3,200 community volunteer  survejillance focal persons (CVSFPs) in 54 woredas of seven regional states (CVSFPs) in 54 woredas of seven Regional state.
  • Officer and director of CGE secretarial and its partner organizations provided technical and logistic supports to polio SIAs conducted in various time in its project implementation areas.
  • To improve the routine immunization, CGE through its implementing organizations provided maintenance, fuel and spare parts supports to motorbike and cold chain equipments as well as training and recording and reporting materials to health facilities.
  • CGE Create effective partnership among its implementing partners for polio eradication efforts; it actively participated in national and international forums, external disease surveillance reviews, regional and national ICC HoA/TAG meetings, TFI meetings, make presentations ant professional association, national Taskforces working committee.