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4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research was held in Vancouver convention center, Canada from 14-18 Nov 2017 on the title of abstract

Data collection training was given on October, 7-8/2016 at Yirgalem town. More than 120 participants were trained; and they all are directly involved in data and sample collection procedure.
Participants of training: data collectors 76 HEWs, 38 health professionals from 36 kebeles and 1 district TB focal, 1 district office head, Reach Ethiopia staff (facilitator) and supervisors were involved. The training was well organized, participatory, learning and received well by audiences. Read more

The REACHOUT consortium meeting was held from 7th-16th October and was hosted by the Eijkman Institute in Cianjur, Indonesia.

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1st International Symposium of CHWs was held in Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda from 21st-23rd February 2017 on title of abstract

  1. Factors influencing the motivation of HEWs inSidama Zone Southern Ethiopia
  2. Perception and experience of supportive supervision as quality improvement intervention to improve the performance of health extension workers on maternal health in Sidama Zone, South Ethiopia.

The catchment-based review meeting was held in eHealth Project implementation areas from March 23/2017 upto March 29/2017

The review meeting was held because of the following reseaons

  • To discuss on encountered challenges
  • To review project performance in each district
  • To provide solution on technically unsolved issues at field level
  • To establish and have common understanding among all actors on the implementation and performance of each project;
  • To draw lessons on effective Resource utilization, handling and importance of concerted efforts
  • To encourage field level staffs

During the review meeting the following participants were present

    • District Health office officials and experts
    • District OoFED officials and experts
    • HCs staffs
    • HEWs
    • District supervisors of Reach Ethiopia
    • Reach Ethiopia zonal coordinators
    • Reach staff from the HQs

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WAVE V Stop TB supported Project launching

Towards a community test and treat strategy for TB in Ethiopia Project was launched in three different implementation areas Wendo genet, Shashemene Zuria & Kofele districts in August 2nd, August 4th, and September 5th, 2017. During the launching session, Various stakeholders MoH at all levels, BoFED, Zonal and woreda, donors, NGOs, Religious Organizations, Health Facilities, Media and staffs were present.
Objectives of kick-off meeting are

  1. To stimulate interest and understanding of the project to ensure the involvement of government at all levels, the involvement and NTP, partners, influential and religious leaders as well as the HEWs and the field team
  2. To create an opportunity whereby health and financial policy makers at district, zone and region level are engaged and to involve other relevant stakeholder to discuss on the cooperation expected throughout program implementation;
  3. To engage donors in the process and update them on the level of integration between project implementing organization and government relevant authorities as well as the community;
  4. To start documenting on the process leading to the programmer implementation;

REACH Ethiopia Received 2014 Kochon Prize award

Dr.Daniel Accepted the 2014 Stop TB Kochon Prize on behalf of REACH Ethiopia at the WHO global TB symposium on Tuesday,28 October KimDoo Hyun of the Kochon foundation and Lucica Ditiu of STOP TB Partnership presented the $65000 award

New Delhi, India Received The 2017 Kochon Prize award

was awarded on Tuesday, 13 March to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for building a tradition of excellence in TB research and development. The 2017 Prize celebrated those who have been pushing scientific boundaries to improve the lives of people affected by TB.

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Engaging the Community to Reach, Treat and Cure Tuberculosis

Globally 1 in 3 people are infected with tuberculosis (TB) of which 1 in 10 will go on to develop TB disease during their lifetime. In 2013, there were 9 million new cases but consistently 3 million people were not diagnosed, treated, or officially registered by national TB programmers (NTPs). Many of those missed by the NTPs will die or follow ineffective treatments and most will continue to infect others. Among those missed are those most vulnerable to falling ill with TB including the very poor and/or malnourished or undernourished people, people living with HIV/AIDS, children and women, migrants, prisoners, refugees and internally displaced persons, miners, the elderly, ethnic minorities, indigenous populations, drug users and homeless persons. Every year, on the 24th March, the world marks World TB Day (#WTBD2015) to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress towards eliminating TB. This year the Stop TB Partnership continues for a second year its campaign to reach the 3 million people missed ( #ReachTreatCureEveryone)

For more click https://www.heart-resources.org/blog/engaging-the-community-to-reach-treat-and-cure-tuberculosis/

Increasing the detection, confirmation, and treatment of children with Tuberculosis in Ethiopia – technology meets social justice

Project Lead(s): Daniel Datiko

Issue

Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem worldwide, with the highest burden in low-income populations. While TB in children is common, its diagnosis is difficult in low-resource settings.

Solution

A community-based project was initiated to increase the number of children diagnosed with TB through a combination of community-based active case-finding, pooling of multiple samples and testing with a single test (Gene Xpert) to increase the yield and diagnostic access for TB in a high-burden setting.
Symptomatic children were examined and referred to the nearest health centre for X-rays, and – following international World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines – were offered Gene Xpert MTB-RIF testing, if available.

Because testing only one specimen with Xpert in children results in identifying only a small proportion (typically 20%) of patients with a positive result, pooling at least two samples (to be tested together with one Xpert cartridge) was evaluated to see if it would increase the yield of children confirmed to have TB, compared to using smear microscopy.

Households with known index cases were identified in the districts of the Sidama zone in Southern Ethiopia. They identified 350 children from the community and collected 235 sputum samples, 109 gastric aspirates and 7 samples for fine needle aspirate (FNA).
Children with enlarged lymph nodes had FNA at the University of Hawassa

For more Click https://www.grandchallenges.ca/grantee-stars/0252-01/

Enhancing health worker performance in Ethiopia with mHealth

Health extension workers (HEW) in Ethiopia occupy a unique position by providing a vital link between communities and the health sector. The front line of Ethiopia’s primary health system, HEWs shoulder the tremendous responsibility of providing services to families and communities. They also transmit information to higher-level facilities to ensure appropriate care for patients and adequate resources for treating them. for more see the link below.
https://reliefweb.int/report/ethiopia/enhancing-health-worker-performance-ethiopia-mhealth

About Us

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.

Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
E-mail: info@reachet.org.et

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