Ethiopia's physical activity policy, research and surveillance deficits

Oral Presentation B10.7


  • Chalchisa Abdeta University of Wollongong
  • Alem Deksisa Adama Hospital Medical College
  • Debrework Tesfaye Wolaita Sodo University
  • Andrea Ramírez Varela Universidad de los Andes
  • Michael Pratt University of California San Diego
  • Pedro C. Hallal Federal University of Pelotas



Physical Activity, Policy, Research, Surveillance, Ethopia


Background: Physical inactivity is riding peoples towards the higher risk of non-communicable diseases. However, policy, research and surveillance deficits are affecting the public health action to curb this threat in Ethiopia. Purpose: This aimed to explore the existing gap on physical activity policy, research and surveillance through Country Card for a timely action. Methods: Data were collected from Oct 2020 to Dec 2020 through harmonized methodology of the Global Observatory for Physical Activity-GoPA!. A rigorous review was made on physical activity and sedentary behaviour policy, research and surveillance among adults 18+ years in Ethiopia. Then, the data was verified and synthesized by the GoPA! in collaboration with the country representative. Results: Our review confirmed that a little change has made since the release of the first Ethiopia’s Card in 2016. For instance, the prevalence of activity was raised to 85% (Male: 89%, female: 82%). As a result, inactivity related deaths were reduced to 4.0%. Also, the country improved global contribution to physical activity research and ranked in 52nd position worldwide. Sadly, the national physical activity recommendation is still not in place. The country has no monitoring system for physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Despite of those gaps, this second Country Card is more comprehensive and included sedentary behaviour data for the first time. Conclusion: The findings indicated that there is a huge gap on physical activity policy, research and surveillance in Ethiopia. Thus, government, policy makers and researchers should use this Country Card to improve the current policy, research and surveillance deficits. Funding: None of funds was received to conduct this study.



How to Cite

Abdeta, C., Deksisa, A., Tesfaye, D., Ramírez Varela, A., Pratt, M., & Hallal, P. (2021). Ethiopia’s physical activity policy, research and surveillance deficits: Oral Presentation B10.7. The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada, 14(3).