Despite this, the health status of Ethiopia remains poor (WHO), with 82% of the population live in rural areas, 58% of whom are unable to reach a health facility by foot. THENA is doing vital work to decentralise medical care.
NCDs account for an estimated 43.5% of total deaths in Ethiopia. Although lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking play a part, the leading cause of these diseases is poverty.
Our work began in the rural areas of Jimma and Gondar. Since then, we have greatly increased the scale of our projects in partnership with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, universities and local health authorities. We now work in the following regions: Amhara, Tigray, Afar, Oromia, Benshangul-Gumuz, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP).