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 {Photo credit: Hatoluf Melkamu}Temesgen Zewdu visits Keta Health Center to pick up his TB medicines and care for the plant dedicated to him.Photo credit: Hatoluf Melkamu

Betiglu Legesse is always trying to ensure that the patients he cares for stay on their tuberculosis (TB) treatment from beginning to end. It’s a challenge: In 2020 alone, more than 60 of his patients stopped their treatments, often due to many interplaying factors, such as forgetfulness, length of the treatment itself, fear of side effects, and a long distance to the health facility. Betiglu works as a TB focal person at the about 50 kilometers east of Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa.

 {Photo credit: MSH staff}Internal displaced people being screened for TB, COVID-19, and HIV in 1 of the 10 centers for internally displaced people in Mekelle, Tigray.Photo credit: MSH staff

The major conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is affecting the functionality of the region’s health system, impacting everything from human resources to infrastructure. TB services are no exception. TB client follow-up has been disrupted, and many facilities have been damaged, including laboratory diagnostic equipment like microscopes and GeneXpert machines. The capacity to ensure service continuity and collect monitoring and evaluation data has been compromised.

 {Photo credit: MSH staff}Margaret Bayoru inside the Arua district commodities store.Photo credit: MSH staff

When COVID-19 hit Uganda, Margaret Bayoru worried about how patients in the country's remote facilities in the West Nile region would receive medicines. As the person responsible for inventory management at Arua regional emergency supply chain stores, Margaret knew that her colleagues in these health facilities not only needed the medicines to save patients' lives, but they also needed personal protective equipment to protect themselves from the coronavirus.Today, Margaret does not have to worry. She proudly leads the way towards achieving her team's main objective—a fully stocked district health store that consistently delivers essential supplies where they are needed most. "We have plenty of medicines and supplies from the Government of Uganda and donations from partners," says Margaret.

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