Redefining the primary health care unit through private sector collaboration in Ethiopia


Over the last decade, the Ethiopian health system has undergone rapid changes resulting in notable improvements in health. However, Ethiopia remains a high tuberculosis (TB)-burden country with an estimated incidence of 164 per 100,000 population. TB services are decentralized to deliver care to rural communities however there are fragmentations in the level of services provided. To address this challenge, it is critical to engage low- and middle-level clinics to improve TB services such as screening, referrals, and ensuring treatment initiation and follow-up. This technical highlight documents efforts by the TB REACH program to improve TB case detection, referral to treatment, and reporting in Amhara - one of the most populous regions of the country.