Ethiopia is a low-income country that is facing the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Old killers such as HIV/AIDS, diarrhoeal diseases and malnutrition have high rates of prevalence, whereas non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as acute respiratory infections, mental disorders and cardiovascular diseases are on the rise.
Our work in Ethiopia began in the early 1990s as a result of requests from the Deans of the Jimma and Gondar Medical Schools to our founder Professor Sir Eldryd Parry for development of the skills of their young specialist and trainee doctors. Strong partnerships were then formed between these Medical Schools, UK health institutions and THET.
We soon realised that the rural patients, many of whom were very poor, were facing long journeys to hospitals and health centres in difficult conditions and at high cost needed care near their homes. So a programme of decentralised care at health centres around Jimma and Gondar, with training of local nurses and health officers, began; to date it has transformed the care of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) for rural people.
NCDs account for
of deaths in Ethiopia.
The partnerships formed in Ethiopia over twenty years ago have continued to be hugely influential in the development of the Health Partnership model.
Jimma and Gondar are now centres of excellence for decentralised care and the service continues to provide and expand its training for Health Extension Workers.
The THET Ethiopia NCD Alliance was created in 2016 in recognition of the diverse group of organisations and institutions that work together to achieve the same vision. To find out more about our work please visit: www.thena-ethiopia.org
For further information about THET and THENA’s work in Ethiopia, please contact our Country Coordinator, Laura Macpherson.