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Testing for COVID-19 using antigen rapid diagnostic tests (Ag RDTs) in Ethiopia

FIND is working closely with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and other ACT-Accelerator partners to make access to quality, affordable COVID-19 rapid tests a reality.

This video illustrates the value of rapid testing to strengthen national COVID-19 responses through decentralized, community-based testing approaches.

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COVID-19 Response in Ethiopia

Ethiopia recorded 372 000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and around 6800 deaths in the first two years of the pandemic. 

Since March 2022, when the first case was recorded, health facilities diverted all available resources to preventing and treating COVID-19, and this negatively impacted on maternal, newborn, and child health, non-communicable diseases, surgery, and HIV, TB, and malaria. 

Many health facilities closed down completely.

Disruptions in the supply chain system led to a stock-out of essential drugs and a shortage of medical equipment.

The Global Fund supported Ethiopia with US$111.1-million to fight COVID-19, focusing on strengthening the community health system, which is a well-integrated programme in the country. 

Plans are to further assist with surveillance programmes, strengthen laboratory systems, COVID-19 case finding, contact tracing, case management, and home-based isolation and care. 

Further investments also targeted infection prevention and control, risk communication and community engagement, and protecting vulnerable populations.

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Project STELLAR: Supporting the COVID-19 Response

Project Stellar to help countries expand diagnostic testing for Covid-19

In Sub-Saharan Africa, COVID-19 testing rates are still low in most

Countries. One of the reasons for this is inadequate investment in laboratory capacity. There is a similar trend in testing rates for HIV, TB, and malaria.

In addition, despite the availability of rapid antigen tests, many countries have not effectively decentralized testing to a community level. 

New investment 

Since February 2022, C19RM 2021, the response arm of the Global Fund, has been investing US$800 million across 100 countries to procure COVID-19 diagnostics and commodities.

Project Stellar was created in February 2022 within the Global Fund to support countries in reaching Covid-19 testing goals and strengthen laboratory systems over the longer term. 


It aims to offer assistance with planning, mobilizing resources, and creating a targeted advocacy program to encourage testing. Countries will also receive help in developing a diagnostics strategy and algorithm.

Other goals for the project that will run up to December 2023 are to scale up testing, including training and community outreach, and the management of data and surveillance systems.

The project will also aim to improve regulatory approvals of rapid antigen tests and coverage for COVID-19 testing.

Another goal is to advocate for wastewater-based surveillance and epidemiological monitoring at a country level. Wastewater surveillance often provides an early warning system of cases rising. 

Project Stellar will also help countries to strengthen data management and surveillance systems. 

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The Impact of COVID-19 On HIV, TB And Malaria Services and Systems For Health: A Snapshot from 502 Health Facilities across Africa and Asia

The impact of COVID-19 on HIV, TB and Malaria Services and Systems for Health: A snapshot from 502 health facilities across Africa and Asia.

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