Kate Hawkins, 29 October 2014
Congratulations to our partner REACH Ethiopia on winning the Stop TB Partnership's Kochon Prize.The team are a small locally registered entity who successfully implemented a TB REACH project in the Sidama zone of Ethiopia.
Stop TB Partnership report:
REACH Ethiopia made a concerted effort to engage community members, councils, other stakeholders, TB programmes, former TB patients and religious and community leaders to increase awareness about the disease as well as expanding availability of TB services at the community level. TB case finding nearly doubled in the first nine months of the initiative. Focussing on the elderly and disabled, women and children, the project has not only brought the three million people living in Sidama Zone within the healthcare system, but the team turned TB into a disease that can be talked about out loud.
Daniel Datiko says:
Our innovative community-based approach has demonstrated that making TB diagnostics and treatment accessible at the community level increases the detection of cases, enhances treatment completion and reduces the stigma associated with the disease. We hope our experience will soon be replicated all over the country and beyond.
This project is funded by the European Union.