The Polish Centre for International Aid Foundation has been involved in humanitarian and development aid in Ethiopia since 2012. In the beginning, it focused on projects related to education, e.g. providing lighting and access to water in schools to create better conditions for education.

Supporting children’s education, and developing emergency medical services – The Polish Centre for International Aid has been involved in aid in Ethiopia since 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, it provided lighting and water in schools and trained parents and teachers. It then focused on supporting the rescue system and fire brigade.


Equalizing educational opportunities for primary school pupils and young people was the main focus of the Foundation’s projects in 2012. Among other things, PCPM worked in drought-affected regions in southern Ethiopia. In addition, in the following years the foundation retrofitted schools and libraries and provided training for teachers and parents. In 2020, in response to the famine, PCPM also ran a feeding program for schoolchildren.

Emergency medical services

From 2016. The Foundation also started training for emergency services and firefighters.

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCPM Medical Emergency Team, at the invitation of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, supported the work of East Africa’s largest COVID-19 hospital.

In 2021, at the invitation of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, the Polish Centre for International Aid launched a project to support the building of the country’s emergency medical system, including the Ethiopian Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Team. This team brings medical assistance to victims of conflict, natural disasters, epidemics (including cholera and dengue), and refugees on the Sudanese border.

In 2023, the main aim of the projects was to improve pre-hospital care, improving the response to emergency events such as heart attacks and mass events such as road accidents involving more victims.

The PCPM Foundation trained public health system staff: doctors, nurses, and paramedics in pre-hospital care in the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) standard.

In total, between 2012 and 2023, the Polish Centre for International Aid Foundation implemented 9 projects with a total funding of PLN 11 044 089. The projects were mostly funded by the Polish Aid program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. The EMT mission was financed by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.


Impact assessment Evaluation of a development project implemented by the Polish Center of International Aid in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the years 2021-2023