Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia

by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia

Project Report | Apr 14, 2023
THET NCDs Sharing and Learning Event

By Somila Khanna | Programmes Officer

Sharing and Learning Event on the Strategies to tackle non-communicable diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa.

On the 29th of March 2023, THET held a Sharing and Learning Event that focused upon the Strategies to tackle non-communicable diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. The event was well received with over 36 attendees from across Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK - including NGOs, Health Partnerships, representatives from Ministries of Health and members of NCD Alliances. The event was led by 4 speakers who specialised on the following topics:

How NCD alliances can drive the national NCD agenda (Case of the Zambia NCD Alliance) – Led by Prof. Fastone M.Goma
This session centred upon advocating for the formulation of national multi-sectoral NCD Strategic Plans, as well as the inclusion of key stakeholders during the development process of these plans. Prof Goma urged for the strengthening of accountability of governments, and their commitment to NCD care.

NCD integration into Communicable Disease projects - Hosted by Dr.Nakawuka Mina Ssali
This section focused on the integration of NCDS into HIV care. Dr Ssali spoke of the current prevalence of HIV in Uganda and stated that interventions for NCDs are rarely integrated in HIV care and treatment programmes. The talk highlighted the similarities in treating and controlling HIV and NCDs and emphasised that there should also be a further focus on the relationship between NCDs, communicable diseases and mental health.

NCDS and Digital Health; exploring digital solutions for better NCD management - Led by Dr. Meron Haile Beyene.
This session explored the Ethiopian Hypertension Control Initiative; with intervention strategies adapted from WHO’s HEARTs Technical guidance on primary healthcare. Dr Beyene highlighted the work being done in a total of 62 Healthcare Centres (HC) (52-HCs & 10 Hospitals) selected for intervention, across 6 regions. The session stressed on the importance of an updated information system for patient care and highlighted the advantages of applications like the Simple App. Dr Beyene expressed the benefits of healthcare workers (HCWs) receiving training on the use of the app, and how this has enhanced patient data collection.

Health worker knowledge, skill, and confidence development in NCD treatment through mentorship and supportive supervision – Hosted by THET’s Dr. Yoseph Mamo.
Dr. Yoseph spoke of the importance of mentoring in the decentralisation of healthcare services, and the way this ensures the sustainability of services. Dr. Yoseph used the example of nursing staff in Ethiopia, and how they have felt motivated and empowered through the development of their leadership and technical skills.

For us to continue sharing and learning, and discussions, THET has created a working group on the THET Pulse Partnerships platform. For more information, please use this link: https://pulsepartnerships.org/topics/36720/feed.

THET would like to thank all those who spoke at and attended the event, and our donors for making this work possible.  It is with your generosity and determined support that THET can explore better ways to manage NCDs on-the-ground and create spaces for open collaboration.

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Kat Brassington
London , London United Kingdom

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