Reach Ethiopia

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.

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.

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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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.


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.

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