Shining A Light on Ethiopia’s Mission to Stop Tuberculosis

Ethiopia faces a significant challenge in combating tuberculosis (TB), a highly infectious disease impacting all age groups nationwide. The burden falls particularly heavily (68.1%) on the nation’s productive population, those aged 15-44. This prevalence not only leads to individual illness but also hinders economic growth.The Ministry of Health collaborates with partner organizations to deliver quality healthcare nationwide. However, a large portion of the Ethiopian healthcare system relies on funding from foreign organizations, creating uncertainties about service continuity if funding is withdrawn.USAID is critical in providing substantial financial support for the health system, including TB control programmes. In collaboration with Addis Ababa University and the US Embassy Public Affairs office, USAID recently organized a week-long field reporting session for health journalists. The journalists visited health facilities in Addis Ababa, Hawassa, and Yirgalem, gaining firsthand insights into the fight against TB. EBR’s Dr Brook Genene, a participant in the trip, provides an assessment of his observations and delves deeper into the current state of TB infection in Ethiopia.


Deal Boosts League but Challenges Remain

For the past few years, the Ethiopian Premier League has received coverage on Africa’s largest direct broadcast satellite service, DSTV. This coverage has been instrumental in helping Ethiopian players gain attention and exposure on the international stage. Additionally, fans have had the opportunity to follow their favourite teams closely. The coverage has also provided journalists with valuable experience in covering live games. However, despite this deal’s numerous benefits, some believe the league company needed to fully capitalize on the opportunities presented. In a detailed analysis, EBR’s Dr. Brook Genene examines the impact of DSTV’s coverage of the Ethiopian Premier League and the challenges faced by the league company.


Ethiopian Clubs Turn Kit Struggles into Profits with Local Manufacturers

One of the problems Ethiopian football has faced for many years is the need for quality kits. Despite football being a popular sport attracting many people to stadiums and keeping plenty of others glued to their TV screens to follow the action, clubs have needed help to get the standard kits for themselves and their fans. Because of this, it wasn’t uncommon to see errors in player numbers, jerseys that don’t have names, and, worst of all, kit clashes due to lack of away and alternate kits. However, this problem has been solved recently. With the emergence of local kit manufacturing brands like Gofere and Wanaw, football clubs have now managed to turn a problem into a profit. EBR’s Dr. Brook Genene assesses how these sports brands have changed the Ethiopian football scene and the atmosphere around the games for the better.


Naomi Girma, a rising star born to Ethiopian parents in America, is taking the football world by storm with her extraordinary performances on both the club and international stages. In a groundbreaking achievement, she was crowned the best women’s national team player in the USA in 2023, becoming the first defender ever to claim this prestigious award in its 39-year history. What’s more, Naomi’s triumph also marked a significant milestone as she became only the second black player to achieve this remarkable feat.

Naomi’s profound love for the beautiful game can be traced back to her father, who instilled a deep passion for football from a tender age. For Naomi, football has always been more than just a childhood pastime. It has been a powerful conduit through which she stays connected to her Ethiopian heritage. The vibrant Ethiopian community in the United States frequently gathers around the sport. Naomi found solace and a sense of belonging on the field, strengthening her bond with her roots. EBR’s Dr. Brook Genene delves into Naomi Girma’s mesmerizing journey as she ascends to the pinnacle of stardom.


Yango, an international tech company that offers ride-hailing app-based services, has recently announced its collaboration with Lidiya Solomon, who will serve as the brand ambassador for the company in Ethiopia. Yango has been operating in over 20 countries and entered the Ethiopian market in October 2023 through a partnership with G2G IT Solutions, the licensed operator.

During the signing ceremony, Dr. Yekenalem Abebe, Yango’s Country Director, emphasized the company’s presence in Ethiopia for the past seven months and its previous reliance on social media for promotional activities. He stated that the company has now reached a stage where partnering with a brand ambassador is crucial. “We firmly believe that Lidiya shares Yango’s brand values and is committed to expanding affordable and safe transportation services in Ethiopia,” he affirmed.


Dr lia Tadesse’s Ministerial Legacy

A recent development has seen Dr Lia Tadesse, who has been the minister of Health for the past four years, replaced by Dr Mekedes Daba. This transition comes at a crucial moment in Ethiopia’s health system history. The past four years have seen the health system suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic and the destruction of many health facilities due to ongoing wars in different regions of the country. In what was a difficult time for the Ministry, Dr Lia’s leadership has been applauded by many. While there have been many positive strides from her tenure, there are still questions that remain unanswered. EBR’s Dr Brook Genene closely investigates the problems within the Ethiopian health system and the role the women in the leadership roles have played in navigating them.


The modern workplace, characterized by relentless demands, extended hours, and constant connectivity, is fertile ground for a sinister foe: burnout. This insidious psychosocial affliction transcends specific professions, plaguing individuals across a broad spectrum of fields. Its consequences are far-reaching, impacting not just individual performance and job satisfaction but also physical and mental health, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Burnout’s tentacles reach far and wide, manifesting in impaired job performance, absenteeism, and even presenteeism (working while unproductive). The toll on physical health is equally problematic, with research linking burnout to hypertension, heart disease, and other medical complications.


Ethiopia’s Lack of Standard Stadiums Thwarts Footballing Ambitions

Ethiopia is a distant observer while the continent’s finest footballers take centre stage in Côte d’Ivoire for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023. Having graced the AFCON stage in Cameroon just two years ago, the “Waliyas” now watch from afar, a stark reminder of their struggles to sustain continental relevance.

This absence highlights a more profound malaise afflicting Ethiopian football: the glaring lack of a stadium meeting CAF and FIFA standards. Dr. Brook Genene, a prominent sports commentator for EBR, delves into this critical issue, revealing its detrimental impact on both results and player development. Indeed, Ethiopia’s recent stumbles can be partly attributed to the absence of a world-class stadium. Substandard facilities hinder both domestic and international competition, crippling player development and eroding fan confidence.


Ethiopian Boxing Soars Towards Brighter Prospects

Boxing is a popular sport in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, it has faced challenges due to inadequate budgeting and a limited number of yearly competitions. Only a few individuals have dedicated their efforts to popularizing Boxing in Ethiopia, often without sufficient support from stakeholders. However, there is now a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The recent election of Eyasu Wossen as the new president of the African Boxing Federation brings optimism. EBR’s Dr. Brook Genene takes a closer look at the current state of the sport in the country.


Breast cancer, a global menace, stands as the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Its devastating grip extends across the borders of both developed and developing countries, leaving no nation untouched. Ethiopia, a land of vibrant culture and resilience, grapples with the weight of this affliction. Within its borders, breast cancer silently preys upon countless women, casting a shadow over their lives. Yet, a veil of ignorance shrouds the populace, obscuring the urgency of the matter. The lack of awareness engenders a troubling trend: a multitude of sufferers, aware of breast-related issues, choose to endure their plight in silence, avoiding the doors of hospitals. EBR’s Dr. Brook Genene delves into the current state of this battle, unearthing the challenges that lie ahead.

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