Reach Ethiopia

Challenge Facility for Civil Society Round:10 project Introduction and Assessment Finding Dissemination Workshop

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.

Executive director Meseret Aseffa during Dissemination workshop

REACH Ethiopia participated on 16th Annual TB research conference and world TB day commemoration

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

#March 21-24,2022@Hawassa,Ethiopia

#”Invest to End TB. Save Lives.”

#World TB day March24,2022#

#REACH Ethiopia#

#USAID Urban TB LON Project#

TB Mass screening at Federal Prisons Administration  

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.

Urban TB LON Project activities

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.

Inside this issue: 

  • REACH Ethiopia Ready for Extension
  • REACH Ethiopia conducted USAID Urban TB LON Project Launching Workshop
  • Mass TB Campaign Tests Over 74 in Vulnerable Populations at Addis Ababa
  • Success Story

REACH Ethiopia and Organic Healthcare Services charity signed sub-grant agreement on community level Urban TB Local Organization Network Project

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.

# National END TB goal#

#Ministry of Health#

#USAID Urban TB Lon Project#

# Organic Healthcare Services#

Executive director of REACH Ethiopia meseret Aseffa Executive director of OCH Mr Kitaw Tekle Mariam

Training was given to Volunteers on Home Based Drug Resistance TB Treatment Adherence Support & Care Training in Addis Ababa

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.





Wave-9 & USAID Urban LON TB-Extension Launching

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.

Participants of the meeting

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.  

welcoming speech of REACH Ethiopia’s executive director, Mr. Meseret Assefa.

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.

Speech by Taye Leta, Assistant Director of Disease control and prevention director at the ministry of health

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.

Presentation by Mr. Wondimu G/Kiros, (Technical Lead) about Introducing the wave 9 project,

Finally, the launching event was officially closed by Ato Getu Bisa, Director of Disease Prevention of Addis Ababa city administration Health Bureau.

Community-Based TB care activities to improve TB prevention and control

REACH Ethiopia is engaged in Tuberculosis (TB), Maternal and eHealth projects. The prior project – innovative community based approaches for enhanced case finding and treatment outcome with the aim of increasing accessibility to TB diagnosis and treatment in particular has significantly contributed to prevention and control efforts in the region and the country.
This intervention is part of TB prevention and control program and study for three years; funded by Norwegian Institute of Public Health in collaboration with Norwegian Health Association to conduct population based case finding to improve TB case identification and improving health care utilization of the community for inaccessible and disadvantaged rural community by strengthening primary health care structure of Ethiopian health system.

Key interventions

  •  Strengthening primary health care unit: linkage of health centers to health posts
  •  Implementing community based TB identification using Health Extension Workers (HEWs), Health Development Armies (HDAs) and other community structures
  •  Sensitization and capacity building training with stakeholders and strengthening monitoring and evaluation

Strengthening Primary Health Care Unit: training

Primary health care unit comprises of a health center (HC) and satellite health posts (HP). It provides service to a population of about 25,000 by providing preventive and curative services. TB diagnosis and treatment is done at this level. Health post is the satellite health facility providing services to 5,000 populations in the community. They are mainly engaged in case finding and supporting treatment. Training was given to more than 76 HEWs and 36 health workers from HC before cascading the intervention of community case finding, moving house to house and identify presumptive TB cases in the district.

Applied research on HEWs using eHealth to strengthen equitable health system in Southern Ethiopia

By Dr. Daniel G. Datiko, Mr Webalem Mengesha, Prof. SallyTheobald, Rosalind Steege
Study setting:
Intervention zone
The project was conducted in Sidama zone, Southern Ethiopia. The project was implemented in six Primary Health Care Units (PHCU – includes health center and satellite health posts) based in six districts of Sidama zone. The health centers and districts (Arbegona, Bona Zuria, Hula, Boricha, Dale, Shebedino)
The HEWs in this region are all female by policy and work at health posts based in Kebeles (the smallest administrative unit). Two HEWs are assigned in each kebele with an average population of 5,000 people (about 1,000 households). The HEWs devote 70% of their time to making house-to-house visits. Coverage of health services has improved from the implementation of HEP; however, there is still a long way to go to achieve universal health coverage. There are 16 health extension packages under four major components that fall under the HEWs’ responsibilities. Maternal and child health and TB prevention and control are included in the sixteen packages delivered by HEWs and are both key national public health priority areas. Improving maternal health outcomes and effective TB prevention and control requires early identification, linkage to community or facility-based services, follow-up and an improved reporting system whereby local data collection can be acted upon to support service delivery to those most in need.

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TB REACH Project

TB REACH Project is mainly working on innovative community base approach to address neglected and poor Patients. This project focuses on earily identification, screening individuals with TB symptoms among contacts of an infectious Pulmonary TB , refering presumptive TB cases to catchment health centers for clinical diagnosis. while implimenting this project, the project uses motobike adressing and enhancing poor community who are suffering on TB. And LEDFM Microscope for quality TB diagnosis and treatment. Through the project period from 2011G.C-2015G.C REACH Ethiopia distributed 2 Genexpert machines for Yirgalem hospital and Aleta Wendo hospital. In addition 5 Genexpert machines to Gurage zone, Silte zone , Hadya zone and Adare hospital.Herewith REACH Ethiopia is the first to apply GeneXpert machine forTB diagnosis.

By implimentig this innovatve approach project throughout SNNPR Specially in Sidama zone, silte zone, Gurage zone, hadya Zone and south omo zone, The performance of the project invites REACH Ethiopia to receive 2014 Kochon Prize award

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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