In Ethiopia, around 52 percent of the population lives in malaria risk areas; pneumonia remains the leading infectious cause of death among children under five; and the country has one of the highest neglected tropical disease burdens in Africa. The Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) has one of the highest malaria burdens in the country, accounting for 18 percent of total malaria cases reported nationally in 2019/2020. We work closely with the government to strengthen the health system, reduce the malaria burden and tackle poor child health indicators including pneumonia.
We will contribute to the sustained reduction of malaria in Wolaiyita zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) in Ethiopia, by strengthening the management and technical capacity of the primary health care unit to maintain high coverage and the use of high impact anti-malaria interventions.
We undertook a study to develop an improved reference standard for counting respiratory rate through annotation software to help validate new automated pneumonia diagnostic aids for children under five.
We supported strengthening primary healthcare in Ethiopia to reduce preventable maternal and child deaths by supporting the implementation of the Government’s Health Sector Transformation Plan. The projecy aimed to improve the management and performance of Ethiopia’s health system, increase the sustainability and quality of service delivery across primary healthcare, improve households’ and communities’ health practices and health seeking behaviours and share learning to strengthen policies and practices.
We undertook trials of acute respiratory infection diagnostic aids (ARIDA) to determine if frontline health care workers in resource limited community settings and health facilities using respiratory rate counting aids are able to correctly assess and classify children under five with cough and/or difficulty breathing and explore the acceptability of these devices in this context.
The outcome of the project is to contribute to the reduction of the rate of new Podoconiosis cases through universal access to appropriate preventive and management health services, to less than one percent in districts where the project is active, by 2025.
In discussion with the Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition directorate of the Federal Ministry of Health, we are developing an action plan for the integrated management of newborn and childhood illnesses, focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea, to support the existing newborn and child survival strategy and child health roadmap.
This study is taking place in Ethiopia and Uganda. It uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches and a case-control study design to explore the relationship between past SARS-CoV-2 infection and malaria risk.
Malaria Consortium has been implementing projects in Ethiopia since 2004 from our offices in Addis Ababa and Hawassa, with a focus on the Oromia region and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ region (SNNPR). We support the Ethiopian government in its efforts to tackle three major public health issues: malaria, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and poor child health indicators such as pneumonia and febrile illness.
Alongside our programmes, we have facilitated forums to coordinate stakeholders’ efforts and streamline the technical assistance provided to national and regional programmes through mechanisms including the Coalition Against Malaria in Ethiopia and the Malaria Control Support Team’s Technical Advisory Committee as well as undertaking pioneering research projects with the support of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and others.