Ethiopia: Our Impact

Dr. Negussu Mekonnen (far right) with other honorees.  In an official ceremony organized on February 19, at the Millennium Hotel in Addis Ababa by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, Ethiopia (FHAPCO) and International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), the Minister of Health Dr. Tedros Adhanom honored several organizations and individuals for their contribution to the success of the 2011 ICASA Conference.  MSH Representative, Dr.

Dr. Catherine Mundy.Dr. Catherine Mundy.

Laboratory services are a necessary but sometimes neglected element of a strong health system. From disease control and surveillance to patient diagnosis and care, laboratories are central to public health. Where laboratory services, policies or strategy are lacking, a comprehensive systems approach can improve a nation's infrastructure and capacity to manage and finance laboratory systems.MSH spoke with Dr.

MSH staff celebrate MSH's 40th anniversary with Jason Fraser, Deputy Mission Director, USAID-Ethiopia (second from right)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held its HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program (HCSP) End of Program Review Meeting in May in Addis Ababa. The meeting highlighted progress and achievements of the program since its start in June 2007. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) provided funding for the program managed by USAID with implementing partner Management Sciences for Health (MSH).The program targeted Addis Ababa City Administration and the four regions of Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, and Tigray.

Haile Wubneh, Deputy Chief of Party, Care and Support Program. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa.

Even when they were healthy, Nigatua Mekonnen and her husband struggled to pay their rent and feed their two children. When Nigatua became severely ill during her third pregnancy, the situation became dire. She lost the baby immediately after delivery and eventually became bedridden. Suspecting she was HIV-positive, her neighbors and relatives stopped speaking to her, and her landlord increased her rent in an effort to force her off the compound. “It was the most unforgettable black time in the history of my life,” said Nigatua.

Twenty-six year-old Aynalem Bekele has spent her entire life struggling to survive. Left in poverty after her father’s death, Aynalem and her mother baked injera (flatbread)and washed clothes to afford the rent on their small, dilapidated house in Hawassa, Ethiopia. In late 2008, Aynalem’s health began to deteriorate, leaving her bedridden, unable to work or care for her elderly mother, and struggling to survive yet again.

A severely ill and bedridden woman is scared and alone but knows her only chance of survival is to get to the local health center for medical help. She pleads with her neighbors to help transport her there and undergoes an invasive examination only to be told she will have to come back in ten days to receive her test results and proceed with treatment.  She returns home to wait, dejected, and hopes she can summon the courage and resources to return to the health center in ten days for the care she needs.

World TB Day is here again on March 24! This is the second year of a two-year campaign, “On the move against tuberculosis– Innovate to accelerate action”, aimed at inspiring innovation in TB research and care.

The resistance of microorganisms to medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses – otherwise known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – has been on the rise for decades. More specifically, the resistance to tuberculosis (TB) medicines has become a severe problem leading to outbreaks of extremely drug-resistant TB or XDR-TB. Further compounding this problem is the lack of resources and local capacity that exists to address AMR issues throughout the health systems.