Reach Ethiopia


Project Activities

Welcoming speech and presenting USAID-MSH-ETBE project overview from REACH Ethiopia Executive director | Mr. Meseret Aseffa
Dr. Challa Negeri USAID Challenge TB KNCV Technical Director | The agreement with REACH Ethiopia is based on the experience in community based implementation of different projects
Stalkholders during meeting | Dissemination meeting of REACHOUT Project at Pinna Hotel Hawassa
Dr Taye Tolera from AHRI | speech on Overview of TB at the country level
Webalem Mengesha: Ehealth Project coordinator | Explaining about ehealth project case findings
Motor Bike | Motor Bike purchased for TB reach project in Sidama zone
Welcoming LSTM team | Prof. Sally with REACH Ethiopia staff
LED-FM Handover to Sidama Zone
Reachout Ethiopian Consortium Annual Planning Meeting | From the 10-14 November 2014 the REACHOUT Consortium held a planning meeting in Hawasa, Ethiopia.

Experience sharing

REACH Ethiopia shares an experience with LVCT

The objective of the visit was to share experience on organization growth track, project M & E activities, engagement with key stakeholders (government, partners and community), financial management, fundraising procedures and quality improvement activities among others being implemented by the organization and assumed to be beneficial to both institutions.

  • undertakes research and implement programs in 27 counties across the c
  •  provides technical support to governments in Africa, civic society organizations and private sectors

Purpose of the experience sharing visit

The experience sharing visit was held in December, 2016. The objectives of the visit are:

  1. To share valuable experiences on how the LVCT program functioned and on the need to scaling it up to southern Region of Ethiopia in particular and the nation in general;
  2. To exert every effort to document the process led to the success of this particular host program and to acquire additional information and applicable approaches employed during the program implementation and replicate it on to own context;
  3. To make effort to engage all involved in such successful process and discuss on the process as well as favorable policies that led to achieve the initial intended objectives;
  4. To make attempt to assess real impact brought as the result of the introduction of such program and measure ideological gulf between the current approach and routine implementation practices and compare with ours that the best could be adopted;
  5. To share REACH Ethiopia's experience to host organization and country.

LVCT Health is a Kenyan Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to preventing new HIV infections and promoting universal access to quality HIV care and treatment services in Kenya and globally. For more Click

Workshop and conference presentations

National Experience Sharing Meeting for TB REACH Project in southern Ethiopia, august 29, 2015, Hawassa, Ethiopia, From innovation to scale up of innovative community-based approaches in Ethiopia

NEAT MDR TB, Barcelona, over view of TB REACH Project Ethiopia, 2013, kick off meeting NEAT MDR TB Barcelona April 21, 2013

38th Union World Conference on Lung Health, South Africa, 2007; Community and TB care: can it improve case detection and treatment success rate?

42nd Union World Conference on Lung Health, France, 2011; Active case-finding through community workers in Ethiopia

How to integrate operational and implementation research into a National Tuberculosis Programme? Feb 2011, Bergen , Norway

6th TB Research Advisory Committee meeting and World TB day Gondar, 2011, Ethiopia:
Mohammed A. Yassin, Daniel G. Datiko, Olivia Tulloch, Paulos Markos, Melkamsew Aschalew, Estifanos B. Shargie, Mesay H Dangisso, Ryuichi Komatsu, Suvanand Sahu, Lucie Blok, Luis E. Cuevas, Sally Theobald, Innovative community based approaches for enhanced case finding and treatment outcome in southern Ethiopia

8th TB Research Advisory Committee meeting and World TB day, Addis Ababa, 2013, Ethiopia
Mohammed A. Yassin, Daniel G. Datiko, Olivia Tulloch, Paulos Markos, Melkamsew Aschalew, Estifanos B. Shargie, Mesay H Dangisso, Ryuichi Komatsu, Suvanand Sahu, Lucie Blok, Luis E. Cuevas, Sally Theobald, Innovative community based approaches for enhanced case finding and treatment outcome in southern Ethiopia

The World Bank, Washington DC

3rd Global Health Systems Symposium, Theory of Change of using Ethiopian Health system as model, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014 for REACH OUT CONSORTIUM
REACHOUT at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

National and International awards

6th TB Research Annual Conference, Gondar, Ethiopia, Gold Medal
8th TB Research Annual Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Best Abstract Award

November 28, 2014, lead institution that won Kochon prize 45th World Lung Health Conference

Consortium Meeting

By Rosie Steege
The REACHOUT consortium meeting was held from 7th-16th October and was hosted by the Eijkman Institute in Cianjur, Indonesia. REACHOUT colleagues joined from LSTM, UK; KIT, the Netherlands; LVCT Health, an NGO based in Kenya; REACH Trust, Malawi; REACH Ethiopia, Ethiopia; University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique and the James P. Grant School of Public Health in Bangladesh.
REACHOUT, which is now in its third year, is an ambitious five-year project, which aims to increase the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of close to community providers. The first quality improvement (QI) cycle is being completed and planning is taking place for QI cycle two.
With an emphasis on capacity building, the first week of the meeting was focused on young-researchers development. Activities included public speaking workshops, mixed methods analysis training and creating personal development plans. Ralalicia Limato, Research Operations Manager, REACHOUT Indonesia said:
“REACHOUT Consortium meetings are always exciting for me. Meeting colleagues from the REACHOUT family and sharing knowledge and experience with them are both enjoyable and valuable. Moreover, being able to learn in a safe environment is a unique opportunity provided by REACHOUT, including this meeting."
For the second week, partners from each country context joined the REACHOUT country teams. Our partners included policy makers, practitioners and NGO lead implementers, and the focus for the week was on embedding quality. We opened with presentations from the country teams on the findings from the first QI cycle and engaged with Indonesian politicians and local press who attended the event to build advocacy for the work we are doing. We were also fortunate enough to be joined by Dr. Gita Maya, Indonesian Director of Maternal Health, who discussed the issues in Indonesia relating to the high maternal mortality ratio and shared with us the country’s plans to address this.
The engaging and interactive programme for the week included training of trainers in quality improvement approaches for close to community providers, developing SWOT analysis for embedding quality and panel discussions with the country partners. The participants also visited volunteer-led village health centres or ‘Posyandus’ on the monthly vaccination day to observe the community health workers ‘kaders’ in action and visited the Community Health Centre ‘Puskesmas’. The meeting generated much exciting and insightful discussion around community health services in different contexts, with a focus on maternal and child health.
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Workshops for HEWS of shebedino district

QI (Quality Improvement) training is given for Health proffesionals specially for HEWs (Health Extension Workers), district health office officials and expert district supervisors of REACH Ethiopia.
the training focuses on the following core concepts

  • Quality improvement definition and assurance
  • Problem identification, analysis and solution

at the end of the training QIT (Quality Improvement Team) was formed for the following reasons

  • It's easier to adress a quality problem as a team
  • Individuals at all levels can identify problems and generate ideas to resolve them
  • participation improves ideas, increases buy-in and reduces resistance to change.
  • Achieving improvement as a team increases confidence of team members.

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Case study on TB Client in Sidama Zone

Woto Wansara – She is 29 years old female client In Sidama Zone Arbegona District in charicho kebele Manadame Goti, She presented with cough more than a month on 29/11/2008 E.C to Charicho HP, she has massive weight loss, poor appetite and continuous headache. her husband died in 2006 E.C after defaulting DOTs , she took DOTs only for 27 days, with this history and presented chief complaint we took her sputum slide to yaye Hospital on 21/12/2008 E.C and she becomes SS + Read More

PhD student
Recently Mr Aschenaki Zerihun is PHD candidate with the support of REACH Ethiopia /REACHOUT Project in collaboration with Hawassa University and Bergen University.
Aschenaki Zerihun is the head of Sidama Zone Health Department, where his focus is on improving general service delivery. Maternal health is the top priority of the health department and he is part of the department’s policy making process, and its executive committee. Mr Zerihun is an advisor on the REACHOUT project.
REACHOUT is a healthcare research project supporting and strengthening the vital work of close-to-community providers of health care in Africa and Asia.
The REACHOUT project has three aims in the delivery of public health services:

  • Equity,
  • Effectiveness, and efficiency

REACHOUT is coordinated by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK and involves six partner healthcare organizations across eight countries working together. REACHOUT is paid for by the European Union under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programmed for Research and Technological development (FP7). For more information about the Programmed please see the Link below
Recently Mr. Abiot Bezabih is PHD Candidate with the support of REACH Ethiopia/ NIPH (Norwegian Institute of Public Health) aided Project in collaboration with Hawassa University and Bergen University. He is Project coordinator of This population-based prospective cohort study includes house-to-house active case finding (three visits) in Dale District in Sidama Zone (53 000 households).
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MPH Support
Mr Mubareg Yasiin is The project coordinator of EDCTP aided project. Who has learnt Master of Public Health MPH in collaboration with REACH Ethiopia and Hawassa University.

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