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The Ethiopia program was one of the first for the Peace Corps, originally opening in 1962. From 1962-77 and 1995-99, Ethiopia hosted approximately 3,500 volunteers. Over the years, the primary focus was on education, with the goal of training skilled workers and promoting economic development. In addition, volunteers worked on agriculture projects and health projects ranging from establishing pediatric clinics to working with the smallpox eradication programs.
The Peace Corps/Ethiopia program is scheduled to open in fiscal year 2007, with approximately 40 volunteers arriving next summer. The volunteers will be working in the field of health and HIV/AIDS education and prevention, with possible expansion into other sectors in the coming years.
The Peace Corps volunteers will work closely with the Presidentâs Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Emergency Plan) through the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. The Peace Corps is currently active in 9 of the 15 Emergency Plan focus countries, and more than 2,600 Peace Corps volunteers are working in HIV/AIDS. Ethiopia will be the 10th Emergency Plan country in which the Peace Corps is involved. The Peace Corps volunteers are in a unique position to assist in the health and HIV/AIDS education sector with their language skills and integration into communities.
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