Tuberculosis control strategy pertinent to pastoralists` way of life in Ethiopia

This project aim to develop TB control strategy pertinent to pastoralists’ way of life in Ethiopia, after assessing determinants of TB control and management, including availability of health facilities (diagnostic facility).

About the project

Globally, tuberculosis (TB) kills up to 2 million people annually. In Ethiopia, pastoralists (cattle herders) constitute about 10 million. Pastoralists migrate seasonally in search of water and pasture and have one of the highest TB burden in Ethiopia. However, conventional TB treatment/control, based on DOTS strategy, with fixed health infrastructures are not suitable to the pastoral way of life.

Therefore, the objective of the project is to develop TB control strategy pertinent to pastoralists’ way of life, after assessing determinants of TB control and management, including availability of health facilities (diagnostic facility); health seeking behavior, understand knowledge, perception and attitude of pastoralists and traditional healers about TB, and DOTS. Based on data generated, TB control strategy that involves pastoralist health workers (PHWs) will be developed and evaluated.

The project will have three phases: baseline data collection; implementation of control tactics, and evaluation, and will be implemented in two comparative communities.

Objectives

The main objective is to assess determinants of TB control and management in Kereyu pastoralist and develop control strategy pertinent to pastoralist way of life.

Financing

  • University of Oslo

Cooperation

  • Jimma University, Ethiopia

Start - finish

2014- 2019

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