Working in partnership to develop sustainable ncd services for the rural poor in ethiopia 

The Covid-19 pandemic strengthens our conviction and determination; we must redouble our efforts to best support health workers on the frontlines. While many THENA activities are currently paused, we continue to support the delivery of essential NCD services to vulnerable patients in Ethiopia. Many of the patients supported through our work have increased vulnerability to Covid-19. We are therefore encouraging healthcare workers to provide extra medicine supplies to patients so they can avoid health centres and are working with partners to strengthen the supply chain to enable this.

Why NCDs?

To date the global health community’s activities have been focused primarily on the eradication of infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health. As a result Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have been  greatly neglected particularly in low-income countries.

In Ethiopia, NCDs are becoming increasingly prevalent among the rural population. The resulting morbidity and mortality burden is high, with 43.5% of all deaths due to NCDs and their complications.​

A country where every person afflicted by NCDs has access to appropriate health care.

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Any support you can give to help us expand  care to even more rural communities is greatly appreciated.


Katharina Brassington

Country Programmes Coordinator, THET


Photo Credit: Dominic Dee and THET

Health worker and patient