Ethiopia: Our Impact

FinMAT Tool being used in Ethiopia. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Strong financial management is critical for organizational sustainability. Specifically, efficient and effective financial management requires clear, policies and procedures that trained staff can follow in a timely manner to not only accurately record and report all financial transactions but also make sound decisions about the use of resources.Management Sciences for Health (MSH), with funding from the US Agency for International Development, developed the Financial Management Assessment Tool (FinMAT) to meet these needs.

In the past two years,the number of clients on antiretroviral treatment (ART) for HIV tripled from 50,000 to 167,271 in Ethiopia; however, stigma associated with HIV & AIDS still presents major challenges for some people living with HIV to adhere to antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment. Buzunesh, a 30-year-old HIV positive woman, stopped treatment due to stigma she had experienced – which left her unemployed and homeless. Without care or treatment, Buzunesh became sick and bed-ridden, until community volunteers from the MSH implemented U.S.

Ayele Fikre is a lab technician at Adama Health Center in Ethiopia. He is very enthusiastic when he talks about the changes that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported program, Tuberculosis Control Assistance Program (TB CAP), has brought to the way his lab has been performing for over a year.Previously, Fikre had training about tuberculosis (TB) along with topics such as HIV and malaria. However, his knowledge was improved after he took part in a-five-day External Quality Assurance TB training provided by TB CAP through Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

In Ethiopia, 85 percent of the country’s 73.9 million people live in isolated rural areas, bringing significant challenges to HIV & AIDS testing and treatment programs. Yet despite these obstacles, the country has made significant strides. Within two years, the number of clients on active antiretroviral treatment tripled from 50,000 to 167,271.

Dr. Belkis Giordis. Photo Credit: MSH Staff.The HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program (HCSP), funded by the US Agency for International Development, represents the largest national expansion of HIV & AIDS services at the community and health center levels in Africa. Dr. Belkis Giorgis, the program’s NGO Capacity Building/Gender Advisor, discusses how gender awareness, a focus on the family, and community involvement are essential when responding to HIV & AIDS in Ethiopia. Why is gender awareness necessary in the context of HIV & AIDS and Ethiopia?

As a long-standing implementer and advocate of maternal and child health services around the world, MSH is excited to participate in the second Women Deliver conference this week in Washington, DC. MSH has promoted equal access to health care for women by strengthening health systems for almost four decades. “MSH improves services that directly affect women— maternal and child health, family planning, HIV & AIDS—through the integration of those services, enabling more accessible and efficient care for entire communities.

Twenty MSH experts on tuberculosis (TB) from 15 countries showcased the latest global experience and methodologies at the 40th Union Conference on Lung Health, held December 3-7 2009, in Cancun, Mexico.

Andualem Mohammed, SCMS advisor. Photo Credit: Margaret Hartley.MSH: Please tell me about your background and how you became interested in public health. I am from Ethiopia, and I joined Management Sciences for Health (MSH) as an employee seconded to a Missionaries of Charity orphanage for HIV-positive children, where I became the head of the pharmacy. But I wanted an opportunity to help millions of people instead of hundreds, so I joined the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Project as Quantification and Supply Planning Advisor.MSH: What is your role at MSH?

A school visit to eastern Africa. Photo by Ida Grum. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

In a recent review, the United States Development Agency (USAID) reported that MSH's HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program (HCSP) in Ethiopia, with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan through USAID, has already surpassed many project targets in HIV care and treatment in its first two years.Key results include:45,000 people received antiretroviral (ART) therapy 1.5 million people were counseled and tested for HIV in year two alone100,000 HIV-positive people were enrolled in chronic care 7,000 health care providers and 6,000 community members were trained in HIV care and supp

MSH staff reported on the results of projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, and Rwanda at this year’s meeting of agencies that implement programs funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Windhoek, Namibia, from June 10 to 14. The meeting brought together about 1,500 people from 55 countries to share best practices and lessons learned in the fight against AIDS.