The person who saved his life wasn’t a doctor, or a nurse. It was a 24-year-old woman from his village called Anuma Moreda, who hadn’t finished school. Alerted to Guta’s symptoms by his cousin, she examined him and sent a sputum sample to the local hospital. When the result came back positive, Moreda supervised his treatment and nursed him back to health.
This is the future of healthcare, Ethiopian-style. In a country where 22 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line, and there are just three doctors for every 100,000 people – compared with 30 or 40 in Europe – the government has pioneered a strategy that would be unthinkable in most developed countries.
Meet the young women leading the way in Ethiopia's TB fight