Health Campaign Consultative Workshop Held

Health campaign integration effectiveness study stakeholders’ consultative workshop has been conducted at Jimma Central Hotel on March 06, 2022. Dr. Tadesse Habtamu, Vice President for Academic Affairs has opened the consultative workshop officially and said the most effective strategy to treat and prevent NTD (Neglected Tropical Diseases) by MDA (mass drug administration), which are crucial to the community’s health is very crucial.

A Representative from the Oromia Regional Health Bureau, Mr. Hirpha Miecha, NTD focal person for ORHB also presented a national and regional overview of NTDs, current issues, and perspectives regarding health campaign integrations. He added, the Onchocerciasis campaign has been conducted in 113 woredas of Oromia, while the STH campaign is active in 317 woredas of the Oromia region. He stressed that the research is conducted by Jimma University, which could be the major input for Ethiopia in realizing the fully integrated MDA campaigns.

Dr. Zewdie Birhanu, the Principal investigator of the research project, outlined that the study is being implemented in five districts of Jimma Zone in collaboration with multiple stakeholders. The participants of the workshop raised important points and depth discussion was made which could be input for the project implementation.

In this consultative workshop, diverse stakeholders were participated from the Federal Ministry of health, Oromia regional health bureau, Jimma University, Jimma Zonal health office, the district health, and education office; and partners like the Carter Center for Ethiopia. Financially, the study is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through The Task