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Ethiopia - TB Treatment Ward at Gondar University Hospital Renovated with USG Support
April 22nd 2010: A newly-renovated tuberculosis (TB) treatment ward, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was inaugurated today at Gondar University Hospital (GUH). Technical assistance was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Ethiopia. The launch of the new facility coincides with a two-day symposium from April 22 to 23 focusing on raising awareness about TB infection treatment and prevention measures that can be used in settings with limited resources.
Observing that critical elements of TB infection control practices are missing in most Ethiopian health facilities, the University of Washington (I-TECH Ethiopia) initiated the renovation to global standards of the TB ward at GUH with USG funding and assistance. The new 28-bed ward will greatly contribute to efforts to control the infection and reduce transmission of TB from potential source patients. It also will improve the hospital’s admission capacity and quality of patient care and serve as an expansion site for the management of patients with resistant TB. More importantly, the ward will be a model site to demonstrate that good TB infection control and treatment is feasible. The cost of the ward renovation, furnishings and equipment was Birr 2,785,600.
The twin epidemics of HIV-AIDs and TB fuel each other and have lead to increasing cases of TB, including multiple drug resistant TB. This increase in the number of TB cases is often not matched by an increase in treatment facilities, trained health care workers and prevention and treatment awareness, resulting in overcrowded clinics, delayed diagnosis and treatment conditions that further promote TB transmission. The renovated TB ward at GUH is a positive effort to address the growing problem of increased TB caseloads, and multiple drug resistant TB cases.
The US President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is proud to partner with the Ethiopian Government and contribute to national efforts to improve healthcare in Ethiopia. Through U.S. agencies such as CDC-Ethiopia, PEPFAR is leading a unified U.S. Government response to integrate HIV prevention, treatment and care with TB services in Ethiopia.
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