In Ethiopia, KalaCORE works to strengthen country capacity for control of Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) and to support the detection and response to outbreaks.
VL is an important public health problem and places a high burden on the health system in Ethiopia with endemic areas that are continually spreading. Geographically, VL is found mainly in Tigray and Amhara regions (90% of cases), where every year an estimated 300-500,000 migrants are at risk of VL. Oromia, Somali and SNNPR harbour 10% of the VL caseload. There are a growing number of districts in these 5 regional states that are confirmed to be endemic for VL. In 2018, 1,890 cases were reported nationwide by the Ministry of Health, but many cases go undiagnosed and unreported. In 2019, there are 22 VL treatment centres in the five endemic regions of the country. Diagnosis can also now be obtained at an additional 13 health centres.