Ethiopian partner REACH wins prestigious 2014 Kochon Prize for innovative tuberculosis project


KIT congratulates REACH Ethiopia, a local initiative that has run a very successful innovative community based tuberculosis project with winning the prestigious Kochon Prize in Barcelona today.

KIT supported this project in its monitoring and evaluation as part of the (HLSP-KIT) consortium that is contracted as independent monitoring and evaluation agency for TB REACH (Stop TB Partnership).

The theme for this year’s Kochon Prize was innovators working with communities to reach the three million people with tuberculosis (TB) who are missed every year. The REACH project in Ethiopia received funding from global fund TB REACH and within one year doubled the number of TB patients diagnosed and successfully treated. This has been accomplished by actively engaging health extension workers in screening community members in rural Ethiopia and following up treatment of patients close to their homes. A great result and therefore the 2014 Kochon Prize is well deserved!