REACH Ethiopia received 2014 Kochon Prize Award. The prestigious Kochon Prize was presented to Dr. Daniel Datiko The field director of the project at the 45th union world conference on Lung Health

2014 Kochon Prize Award

REACH Ethiopia sets the bar high  as winner of this year’s Stop TB Partnership Kochon  Prize.

REACH Ethiopia is based in Sidama  regional state in collaboration  with the TB control  program. The aim is to improve TB  case-detection and  treatment outcomes in vulnerable groups, particularly women, children, the elderly and disabled. This is a community-based approach that has  engaged locally deployed female  Health Extension Workers (HEWs).  The HEWs are employees of the  Ministry of Health, live in the  villages where they work, and are  thus part of and accepted by the  community and familiar with the  local culture In year 1 HEWs working in 524  villages and over 300 staff from  health facilities were trained.  Individuals with symptoms of TB  are identified by HEWs through  house-to-house visits and outreach  activities, they collect sputum,  prepare smears and liaise with  supervisors using mobile phones. One  supervisor with a motorbike is  deployed in each of the districts to  collect and submit slides to  laboratories and feedback results,  initiate treatment for smear- positive cases in their residence and  screen contacts. In year 2 the diagnostic process is being strengthened by introducing LED  Fluorescent microscopes and the  automated nucleic acid test (Xpert®  MTB/RIF) for smear-negative  patients with a high risk of having  active TB (such as HIV co-infected  individuals and children). In year 3  the intervention is being scaled up  to cover a much larger population of  7 million. The  innovative  community-based approach is supported by key stakeholders in the  region; it brings services closer to  communities and in year 1 smear- positive case notification almost  doubled.

During the implementation of the  project REACH Ethiopia uses  LEDFM Microscopes and MOTOR bikes shown below.


REACH Ethiopia grew out of a TB project that started in 2010. This project introduced an innovative community package that engaged health extension workers (HEWs) to increase TB case detection and treatment adherence.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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