Basic National Comprehensive TB, TB/HIV & DR-TB training for private healthcare workers conducted for five days from May 10 – 14 ,2022 at IVY Hotel, Bishoftu. USAID Urban TB LON Project / REACH Ethiopia organized the training in collaboration with Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau.
This training package was developed based on the national guidelines for clinical and programmatic management of TB, DR-TB, and TB/HIV. The overall goal of the training was to enable clinical providers attain the knowledge and skills required to provide quality diagnostic and treatment services to patients suffering from TB, DR-TB and TB/HIV.
At the end, the trainees were certified for successful completion of the training by Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital CPD centre under AACAHB.
REACH Ethiopia signed agreement with Ministry of Health National TB Program through the support of the GlobalFund as a Sub-recipient (SR) to achieve the objective of removing human rights and gender related barriers to TB services by Community Mobilization and Advocacy interventions.
In line with this, on May 13, 2022, REACH Ethiopia in collaboration with Ministry of Health launched “Removing human rights and gender related barriers to TB services” project at IVY Hotel, Bishoftu. Representatives from Ministry of Health, TB Survivor Associations, CSOs, media and different stakeholders attended the launching workshop. It was conveyed that improving community awareness and health care worker attitude on stigma, discrimination and gender is the main objective of the project and will significantly contribute towards the end TB goal by improving access to TB services.
REACH Ethiopia conducted Semi-Annual review meeting of USAID Urban TB LON Project from May 4 – 5, 2022 @ Dire Hotel, Adama. The purpose of the meeting was to retain learning in the implementation process, share experiences and identify areas requiring especial emphases for a better performance.
During the meeting, updates on the overall Urban TB LON Project Performance, Technical support updates: plans for the coming quarter, challenges and future directions were discussed. Sub-city coordinators of Addis Ababa and regional coordinator for Harar and Diredawa presented their respective activities and shared their experience for the plenary. Outstanding success stories were shared by the project team and anticipated potential risks were discussed for possible mitigation plan.
REACH Ethiopia has been awarded the CFCS round 10 grants to improve health care seeking among urban poor, patient-provider interactions, community TB service monitoring & resource allocation by implementing advocacy, communication & engaging TB affected community. This project will be implemented at community level, targeting urban poor, raising their awareness/knowledge and improve health seeking behaviour, to ensure social sustainability at individual and community level.
In line with this, Challenge Facility for Civil Society Round: 10 project Introduction and Assessment Finding Dissemination Workshop was organized by REACH Ethiopia in collaboration with Addis Ababa City administration Health Bureau. To ensure the presence of all stakeholders the workshop was held in two roundson April 1&4, 2022 at IVY Hotel, Bishoftu, Ethiopia
The objective of the workshop was to familiarize staff of REACH Ethiopia and partners (Region Health Bureau and four civil society Organizations) with project scope, purpose, outcome and key activities. The findings from the assessment conducted in selected Health facilities and patients on TB treatment wasdisseminated for the audience to give highlight onstigma status in the community. It has been successfully concluded by presentations and discussions carried out during the meeting.
The 16th Annual TB research conference and world TB day commemoration celebration has been carried out from 21st to 24th 2022 in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Federal ministry of health state minster, national TB program officials, Regional and city administration health bureau officials, different international and national organizations working on TB , Neighbouring country TB Program representatives and Researchers working towards achieving the national TB program have been part of the event. Policymakers, higher education institutions and partner organizations have also joined the commemoration and made the event very informative and colourful.
On this annual TB research conference and world TB day commemoration, different TB projects implemented by REACH Ethiopia were introduced for conference participants through promotional materials.Active TB case finding experience of USAID Urban TB LON Project was also presented by the project technical lead. Such platforms help REACH Ethiopia to disseminate information to larger community (TB program actors and academia) and share experiences with different organizations.
#The 16th Annual TB Research conference and #World TB day commemoration
The Federal prisons administration manages 6 prisons nationwide. The combination of overcrowding, poor ventilation and lack of adequate TB screening led prisons into a breeding ground and incubator for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The transmission of the bacteria does not end with the prisoners but also to the staff of the prison with frequent and unprotected contacts.
Underpinning this reality, one of the World TB Day commemoration activities by REACH Ethiopia through USAID Urban TB LON Project was performing mass screening and awareness creation to the prison community. The mass screening campaign was launched on Monday, 14th March 2022 at Kaliti prison prisons administration and continued the mass screening campaign for ten consecutive days. Ministry of health, Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau and St. Peter’s specialized hospital had accompanied REACH Ethiopia in this activity.
By the ten consecutive day’s mass screening campaign, a total of 3002 prisoners and the staff members were reached through symptomatic TB screening. 342 prisoners were found to be presumptive TB cases and samples were collected and evaluated. Among these, 8 confirmed TB cases were detected.
USAID Urban TB LON project is implemented at Addis Ababa City Administration, Dire Dawa Administration and Harari Regional State: expanding its scope of support in Addis Ababa City Administration, Dire Dawa Administration and Harari Region. The support benefits more than 5,000,000 people directly or indirectly.
REACH Ethiopia and Organic Healthcare Services charity signed sub-grant agreement on community level Urban TB Local Organization Network Project with the objective of strengthen the sub grantee’s capacity and to exercise working in partnership among local organizations to contribute for the national #END TB goal.
The agreement is undertaken today February 22, 2022 @ IVY Hotel Bishoftu, for the implementation of #USAID Urban TB Local Organization Networks (LON) Project for community Level activity.
#Organic Healthcare Services is an Ethiopian resident’s charity and one of the organization under the USAID Urban TB Lon Project that receive organizational capacity development support by #REACH Ethiopia. The organization will engaged in community-based TB case notification, community sensitization and mobilization and contact tracing activities at the community level in collaboration with other #three local organizations: namely Zero TB Ethiopia Group, TB affected Voice and National Eliminate TB in Addis Abeba, Dire-Dawa and Harari region of project implementation sites.
A two day home based Drug Resistance Tuberculosis (DR-TB) treatment adherence and care training for community volunteers &DR-TB survivors was organized by REACH Ethiopia / Stop TB Partnership –TB REACH Wave-9 project in collaboration with Addis Ababa City administration Health Bureau. The training was conducted from17-18January 2022 at ALERT training centre, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.The training was opened officially by REACH Ethiopia Executive Director, Mr. Meseret Aseffa who introduced the participant about REACH Ethiopia and Wave-9 Project. The ultimate goal of the training was to establish peer to peer supported home based care (including treatment, health education and psycho social counseling) by DR-TB survivor volunteers. Accordingly the training modules focused on knowledge and skill transferring to capacitate the community volunteer to give the home based treatment support.
The REACH Ethiopia Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH wave 9 projects implemented in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is designed to implement Differentiated Service Delivery approach to improve DR-TB Treatment outcome and quality of life of DR-TB patients.
REACH Ethiopia launched USAID Urban TB LON Extension and TB REACH WAVE-9 Projects at Canopy Hotel, Adama, Ethiopia On December 16,2021
The project launching event was attended by the Minister of Health officials, Addis Ababa Health Bureau officials, partner organizations, media, REACH Ethiopia staff and other invited guests.
The event was opened by the welcoming speech of REACH Ethiopia’s Executive Director, Mr. Meseret Assefa. The Executive Director explained the immense work of REACH Ethiopia towards TB prevention and treatment for the last decades.
Following the speech by REACH Ethiopia’s Executive Director, Taye Leta, Assistant Director of Disease Control and Prevention Director and NTP Manager at the Ministry of Health and Guest of Honor underline the severity of the Disease and how it has been affecting the community, especially through missing people with TB. Therefore, the guest stressed the relevance of the project and the potential contribution it can bring in reducing TB incidence and mortality and in improving quality of life.
Dr. Getachew Wondmagne, Technical Director at REACH Ethiopia presented the objectives, targets and intervention areas of the Urban TB LON project. This project will expand the scope of support in Addis Ababa City Administration, Dire Dawa Administration and Harari Region. The support benefits more than 5,000,000 people directly or indirectly.
Introducing the TB REACH wave 9 Project, Mr. Wondimu G/Kiros, Technical Lead at REACH Ethiopia, then presented the objective, targets and intervention areas of the project followed by comments and questions from the plenary. Questions from the house were responded by Addis Ababa’s Health Bureau and REACH Ethiopia team.
Finally, the launching event was officially closed by Ato Getu Bisa, Director of Disease Prevention of Addis Ababa city administration Health Bureau.
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.