United for Health Abyssinia (UHA) is a US based non-profit organization founded by a group of concerned professionals. The purpose of UHA is to ameliorate the Ethiopian health crises through improving the control of tuberculosis. We will achieve our purpose by building the capacity of Ethiopian hospitals and communities, one hospital and region at a time. Our first project is to increase the capacity of Debre Tabor Hospital in South Gondar, Ethiopia to treat TB and to reach out to the community it serves and to ensure those enrolled on TB treatment receive the necessary support to finish the full course of their medications. UHA is invested in building the capacity of the hospital in collaboration with local government health offices as well as international partners working in the field.
UHA'S COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH
1. Build physical infrastructure of the
Debre Tabor Hospital.
2. Conduct supplemental training for Health Extension Workers around case detection, transmission, and Directly Observed Therapy - Short Term (DOTS).
3. Run awareness campaigns in the community to reduce stigma and increase awareness of TB symptoms and treatment courses.
UHA will begin with three core activities. First, UHA will mobilize resources and funding to help Debre Tabor Hospital construct a separate ward for the treatment of active TB patients, thus isolating infectious individuals and preventing spread to other hospital clients and healthcare workers. UHA will also work with local and international vendors to ensure the provision diagnostic equipment, masks, and personal protective equipment for staff, family members and others as necessary. Second, UHA will help train local health extension workers (HEW) to follow-up, monitor, teach, and keep track of patients. HEWs will trace defaulters, make patient’s home visit, identify problems and design solutions, raise awareness of TB, detect suspect cases, schedule appointments or refer to health facility for further treatment. Third, UHA will run community programs aimed to raise awareness of TB and treatment procedures as well as reduce TB-related stigma. HEWs may help patients to organize support groups towards this goal. Through these activities, UHA strives to empower communities to be active participants in their own health.
UHA’s approach to these activities centers upon collaboration, research, education, and empowerment of patients to enhance their own health. The expertise and dedication of UHA stakeholders ensures success of activities. UHA is dedicated to ensuring all activities are integrated with government plans and other initiatives addressing TB in Ethiopia. Additionally, UHA will work to utilize existing resources and integrate activities with other health programs in the hospital when applicable.