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USAID Urban TB LON project implementation Quarter News letter, May 2022

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.

The underpinning strategy for this project will be business model of “demand and supply” with strong community interventions and referral and ensuring availability of quality of care at facility level. The project will leverage technical and managerial capacity of international and local partners including TB patient associations.

 Inside this issue: 

  • Tuberculosis in Prisons: Mass screening Campaign
  • The project commits to build the capacity of health facilities
  • Community TB Preventive Treatment (TPT) orientation workshop
  • TB Program management: staff capacity building
  • Basic comprehensive TB/TBHIV& DR-TB training for private health care workers
  • CSO engagement in TB prevention and care
  • The 16th Annual TRAC and World TB day commemoration
  •  Mid-year review meeting
  • Success Story         

USAID Urban TB LON project implementation Quarter News Letter, February 2022

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.
The underpinning strategy for this project will be business model of “demand and supply” with strong community interventions and referral and ensuring availability of quality of care at facility level. the project will leverage technical and managerial
capacity of international and local partners including TB patient associations.


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.

for more https://www.stoptb.org/kochon-prize-winners/2014-award-winner

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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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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”.

World TB Day March 24, 2020

Yesterday was #WorldTBDay but the fight goes on year-round. We are pleased to announce a new $1 million USAID tuberculosis project led by REACH Ethiopia, which will build upon two decades of U.S.-Ethiopia partnership to fight TB. Under this project, we will work closely with the Ministry of Health, city governments, local partners, and health workers to find and refer undiagnosed TB patients in urban settings in an effort to ultimately save many more lives in our journey to #EndTB once and for all.

USAID Urban TB LON

Project launching
USAID Urban TB LON project was launched virtually on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.
REACH-Ethiopia and its Consortium implement Urban TB Local Organizations Network (LON) project.
Urban TB LON has been awarded to REACH-Ethiopia by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project aims to strengthen the community contribution on TB case detection in the three Urban Settings: Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa and Harari Region. Moreover, Urban TB LON project’s additional aim is to strengthen the capacity of Local/Civil Society Organizations on TB Programming and create enabling environment in supporting Ending TB efforts of the Ethiopian government.
The project launching event commenced with an announcement of the agendas for the sessions by REACH-Ethiopia/Urban TB LON’s Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization advisor Birhane Tadesse. After a welcoming speech by Mr. Gemeda Bora, the Executive Director of REACH-Ethiopia the participants introduced themselves. Through the moderation of Dr. Anteneh kassa, USAID Development Program Specialist, Dr. Yewulsew kassie, Senior Infectious Disease Advisor and Activity officer Representative (AOR gave a key note speech explaining USAID’s intervention on reducing TB in high burden countries like Ethiopia. He also requested for thorough and kind support from the government in the process of realizing this vision and building the capacity of local organizations to sustain the impact.
Then, Mrs. Hiwot Solomon from Ministry of Health, Director of Disease Prevention and Control, gave an opening remark followed by Dr. Getachew’s Wondimagegn, USAID Urban TB LON project manager detailed project description. On his presentation, Dr Getachew conveyed who the implementing partners are; the intervention setting, objective of the project, expected outcomes and innovations to follow in the era of COVID-19. Though, the project run a bit late, Dr. Getachew emphasized that with the support of the strong team in the project and with kind cooperation form main stakeholders, the project is envisioning to achieve its target and so much more.

Orientation for REACH Ethiopia Staffs

REACH Ethiopia provided orientation for USAID ETBE project staffs which conducted in March 11-12/2021 in collaboration with MSH. Orientation stayed for 2 days as continued from launching session of March 11/2021. The aims of Project orientation meeting were to create awareness and common understanding among project staffs regarding project implementation.

Integrated refresher training for HEWs on community TB
In collaboration with RHB and Woreda Health office the project starting IRT for HEWs on community TB. Up to date training completed in three woreda and the remaining woredas are on progress. Total participants were from 3 woreda 16 Primary Health care unit and 62 health posts (Male 37 Female 134 total 171). Participants were mainly HEWs and TB focals. Training was conducted friendly with covid-19 prevention activities. The training was facilitated by REACH Ethiopia staffs, MSH, Regional health bureau and District Health office.

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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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