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Intensified community surveillance to combat COVID-19 through house-to-house screening in Ethiopia: using the Health Extension Program


The Last Ten Kilometers (L10K) project is supporting the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MOH) to deploy its flagship HEP to implement a house-to-house COVID-19 symptom screening strategy using risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) teams. The RCCE teams are a newly established innovation, composed of health extension workers, teachers, security personnel, and community volunteers.

The RCCE teams undertake house-to-house screening for symptoms of ARI and body temperature measurement, to identify and link suspected cases to rapid response teams (RRT), and to promote COVID-19 prevention behaviors to families and individuals. In collaboration with other partners, L10K supports the MOH by providing COVID-19 basic training using virtual platforms, digitized screening guides and tools, personal protective equipment, and recording and reporting formats to strengthen the quality of house-to-house screening.

Authors: D. Altaye, W. Betemariam, N. Zemichael, B. Shiferaw, M. Hiluf, C. Tesfaye, T. Ayeh. JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. 2020. 

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