Reach Ethiopia

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.

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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, 2014 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)

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

Project Lead(s): Daniel Datiko


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.


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

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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.

In Shebedino REACHOUT’s Quality Improvement approach is here to stay

By Rosalind Steege
The European Commission funding of the REACHOUT project may have officially come to an end, but the impact of the work and its legacy will surely live on. This became apparent to me when I was fortunate enough to visit the REACH team in Ethiopia for the project’s final dissemination meeting. REACHOUT has been working for the past five years in Shebedino district just outside of Hawassa.
It had been a year since my last visit and the road from Hawassa to Shebedino (where the project was implemented) is still being worked on, it makes for a strenuous journey as stretches of new tarmac are interspersed with patches of rubble that would challenge even the best suspension mechanisms. Over time of course, piece by piece, the rubble will be filled in until inevitably one 25km swathe of smooth tarmac will connect the two and greatly improve the efficiency (not to mention comfort) of the journey. Travelling this bumpy road on the way to visit the health centres in Shebedino, I couldn’t help but reflect on how the incremental step by step approach they have taken to building the road, is not dissimilar to the approach REACHOUT has taken with its Quality Improvement (QI) cycles, where QI teams use a PDSA (plan, do study, act) approach resulting in continuous incremental improvements that expands the overall quality of health service provision. for more see the link below

Innovative community-based approaches double TB case notification and improve treatment outcome in Ethiopia

Community health workers—known as health extension workers in Ethiopia—have teamed up with motorbike riders to dramatic effort in Ethiopia’s Sidama Zone, finding double the number of people with tuberculosis (TB) compared to a previous period and increasing their chances of survival.

The project, funded by the Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative  and implemented by the Southern Region Health Bureau and the Liverpool school of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and the Global Fund, engaged with some 1100 health and community workers to bring TB diagnosis, treatment and information materials to rural areas that previously had limited access to healthcare services. Working with motorbike riders, who play a supervisory role, the community health extension workers formed a bridge between these rural communities and far away healthcare centers. For more Click here

USAID Challenge TB/ KNCV Granted

Project is launched on May 26, 2018
To further strengthening the effort and to the achievement of the optimum result, REACH Ethiopia has continued Searching for possibilities of winning projects. As the result of such relentless effort, the organization has won a new project that focuses on “Strengthening contact investigation through health system intervention in selected districts of Sidama Zone (Shebedino, Boricha and Hawassa Zuria) in southern Ethiopia”.

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