To tackle the high rates of NCDs in Ethiopia, THET has collaborated with the Ministry of Health, Health Poverty Action (HPA)/Health limited (HL), and Novartis Global Health to launch the Healthy Family (Tenama Beteseb) programme. The initiative seeks to decentralise healthcare in order to cater to those who may find health facilities too expensive, or too inaccessible. The programme wishes to increase access to services for beneficiaries through capacity building, developing human resources and decentralizing the screening, diagnosis, treatment and care of NCDs. The programme began with the aim to reach and screen 200,000 people, and enrol 15,000 of these in the care and treatment program.
The Healthy Family project comprises of a total of 14 hospitals and 45 health centres;the 14 hospitals include 3 General Hospitals and 11 Primary Hospitals in 6 regions. Namely, Oromia, Amhara, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP), South-Western Ethiopian Peoples (SWEP), Benishangul-Gumuz & Afar Regional States) and Addis Ababa city administration. The programme specifically tackles hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy and chronic respiratory diseases. By decentralising care in this way, we can take a community-centric approach towards healthcare, with a greater focus on engaging directly with those who may have difficulty accessing healthcare and thus may be neglecting it. We are excited to report that as of October 2022, a total of 289,910 individuals were screened at target health facility level for the four NCDs, out of which 16,948 were put on treatment, exceeding our target!
As our operational areas in North Gondar and North Wollowere war fronts, health facilities have been damaged, looted and unable to deliver required basic services (including NCD care). We are happy to report that the situation in North Gondar has relatively improved and facilities have re-started their operations; however, North Wollo still needs support in terms of equipment, reconstruction, stocking the facilities with medicines and necessary infrastructure.
Your generous contributions will assist us in tackling the reconstruction of health facilities and continuing our operations towards bettering NCD management in remote regions of Ethiopia. We are grateful for your unending support through such a turbulent year and look forward to reporting our ongoing efforts.
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