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Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a low-income country that is facing the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Old killers such as HIV/AIDS, diarrhoeal diseases and malnutrition have high rates of prevalence, whereas non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as acute respiratory infections, mental disorders and cardiovascular diseases are on the rise.

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Our work in Ethiopia began in the early 1990s as a result of requests from the Deans of the Jimma and Gondar Medical Schools to our founder Professor Sir Eldryd Parry for development of the skills of their young specialist and trainee doctors. Strong partnerships were then formed between these Medical Schools, UK health institutions and THET.

We soon realised that the rural patients, many of whom were very poor, were facing long journeys to hospitals and health centres in difficult conditions and at high cost needed care near their homes. So a programme of decentralised care at health centres around Jimma and Gondar, with training of local nurses and health officers, began; to date it has transformed the care of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) for rural people.

NCDs account for

30%

of deaths in Ethiopia.

The partnerships formed in Ethiopia over twenty years ago have continued to be hugely influential in the development of the Health Partnership model.

Jimma and Gondar are now centres of excellence for decentralised care and the service continues to provide and expand its training for Health Extension Workers.

The THET Ethiopia NCD Alliance was created in 2016 in recognition of the diverse group of organisations and institutions that work together to achieve the same vision. To find out more about our work please visit: www.thena-ethiopia.org

 

For further information about THET and THENA’s work in Ethiopia, please contact our Country Coordinator, Deman le Deaut.

The country needs

over 10,000

orthopaedic surgeons.

Ethiopia needs over 10, 000 orthopaedic surgeons but presently they have less than 500, serving a massive population of over 100 million people. This need is further exacerbated by the huge cost road traffic injuries put on surgical teams around the country. In total, every year, almost 5000 Ethiopians die from road traffic accidents.

THET has funded several partnerships working to change this including:

  • Through a partnership between the University of Oxford and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) orthopaedic surgical capacity was strengthened in the COSECSA region through the delivery of paediatric orthopaedic surgery and hip and knee surgery courses to 90 trainees in Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia and Malawi. Many of these trainees (see Nardos below) also undertook fellowships at CURE hospitals across the region. Read more on this partnership by clicking here.
  • The partnership between NDORMS, University of Oxford and CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospitals has enabled medical residents from across Ethiopia to take part in specialised training courses, ultimately improving both the provision and practice of paediatric and orthopaedic surgery. Tim Nunn is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at CURE Ethiopia, situated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Charlotte, Communications Officer for THET, met him and his team in June 2017 – read this story by clicking here.
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Dagen has spent a month and a half in the hospital, being treated by Nardos, following a road traffic accident. Thanks to her orthopaedic surgical training, they have been able to avoid amputation and are working to drain the pus from both of his broken legs, with much success as Dagen tells us he is feeling much better already.

University of Oxford and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) Partnership.