At their office in Addis Ababa, TLM Ethiopia’s staff works to achieve their vision which is “The lives of people affected by leprosy in Ethiopia are transformed”. Through their numerous partnerships, they strive to strengthen the lobbying and advocacy capacity of individuals whose voices are not heard.
TLM Ethiopia’s Partnerships
TLM Ethiopia provides staff and funding to the All African Leprosy Tuberculosis Rehabilitation and Research Training Centre (ALERT). TLM also partners with other organisations in Ethiopia, including the Ethiopian National Association of Persons Affected by Leprosy (ENAPAL), which has around 20,000 leprosy-affected and other disabled people as members, and the Addis Ababa Leprosy Disability Rehabilitation Association (ALDRA). These numerous partnerships allow TLM Ethiopia to reach people affected by leprosy at the community level in many regions. TLM Ethiopia is one of 11 members of both the Disability INGO network and the Leprosy Expert Advisory Group. TLM’s country leader in Ethiopia is Mrs Beletshachew Tadesse.
TLM Ethiopia’s “Power of Voice: We Are Able” Programme
TLM Ethiopia’s most recent programme, Power of Voice: We Are Able, began with the generous help of TLM Netherlands. TLM will contribute in the areas of empowerment, amplifying voices, and creating resilience in women and men with disabilities and those from other marginalised groups in Ethiopia. A main focus of this programme is food security in areas with long-term continuing crisis with an aim to strengthen the lobbying and advocacy capacity of individuals whose voices are not heard.