Linnet Griffith-Jones

Country Programmes Coordinator, THET


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Photo Credit: Dominic Dee and THET


Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Project: Increasing Access to Services through Training and Capacity Building across Ethiopia

Funder: Novartis Social Business


NCDs are a particular concern in Ethiopia’s rural areas. Rural patients, many of them very poor, face long journeys to hospitals and health centres in difficult conditions and at high cost. They need access to NCD services closer to their homes. In response to a request from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), Health Poverty Action (HPA) and Novartis Social Business have joined forces to train hospital and health centre staff, ensuring that patients no longer need to travel long distances for treatment. The project will also train 2,250 health extension workers so they can bring NCD prevention and management education directly to local communities.


The Ministry has selected 60 sites for its next phase of decentralisation for hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy and chronic respiratory disease. Hospital and health centre staff will be trained to diagnose and treat NCD patients, ensuring that community members no longer need to travel far for their regular treatment.

Read our latest project report here.

Stroke CARE


Funder: Veta Bailey

Stroke is the second leading cause of premature mortality globally and in Ethiopia is becoming an increasingly prevalent cause of hospital admissions. Therefore, THENA is pleased to announce that we have received the Brian Worth Award from the Veta Bailey Trust to support improving stroke care in Ethiopia.


THENA established the first organised stroke care programme in Ethiopia in 2016, in collaboration with Jimma and Gondar University Hospitals. With support from the stroke team from University Hospital Southampton, we trained a senior nurse at each site to lead on the implementation of stroke care protocols. Since then we have trained 50 nurses and physiotherapists in stroke care across the two sites. 

During the first two years of the new programme, made possible by this award, two senior nurses will be trained as trainers in stroke care at Jimma and Gondar. Formal accreditation as trainers will be obtained from their universities, enabling them to deliver training to other nurses as required. They will also be responsible for data collection and assessment of impact, with support from the Southampton team.