Category: "Health"

Ethiopians Trade Holy Water for AIDS Drugs

March 5th, 2012

Ethiopians Trade Holy Water for AIDS Drugs

Many HIV-Positive Residents Come to Squatter's Camp for Traditional Cure, Stay for Antiretrovirals, as Death Toll Declines

ENTOTO, Ethiopia—Cast out from her family, Tigist arrived at Ethiopia's Entoto Mountain believing that a spring here welled with holy water that would rid her body of HIV.

Joining 4,000 other squatters seeking the same cure, the young woman reluctantly also started taking antiretroviral pills. Gaining strength, she married an HIV-positive man, Melaku, and started a new life in a mud-and-tarp hut amid eucalyptus forests.


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U.S. Government Inaugurates the First Pediatric Emergency Care Unit in Ethiopia

January 26th, 2012

U.S. Government Inaugurates the First Pediatric Emergency Care Unit in Ethiopia

Comprehensive General Laboratory also Inaugurated

January 25, 2012, Addis Ababa
– U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth and Ethiopian Minister of Health, Dr. Teodros Adhanom today inaugurated the first Pediatric Emergency Care Unit in Ethiopia and a Comprehensive General Laboratory at Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) Hospital. The new pediatric unit and laboratory will offer critical, specialized care to children and increase the quality and access to laboratory services for all patients.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), committed 170,000 USD (2.8 million birr) to the renovation of the emergency unit and laboratory which was implemented by Johns Hopkins University. The result is a renovated, state of the art Pediatric Emergency Care Unit and Comprehensive General Laboratory. The Pediatric Unit contains a 50 bed emergency room with critical and medical care, trauma, transfusion and procedure bays, and isolation rooms – providing pediatric patients, families, staff, and doctors in training with a conducive learning and work environment. The Laboratory has now brought together the six fragmented laboratories that were operating in the Tikur Anbessa Hospital into one comprehensive space – forming an all inclusive laboratory that includes a new microbiology section – increasing quality and availability of laboratory results to its patients.

The CDC Ethiopia program supports the Government of Ethiopia’s health system strengthening initiative and meeting the Millennium Development Goals of reducing morbidity and mortality related to HIV/AIDS and conditions affecting maternal child health. .

Tikur Anbessa Hospital is a tertiary academic center that provides multidisciplinary services and serves as the major medical teaching institution in Ethiopia. The hospital is Ethiopia’s largest referral hospital, serving the entire 82 million plus population. It receives and manages the largest pool of patients and most complicated trauma cases and many critically ill patients with HIV/AIDS seek urgent care there. It accommodates more than 250,000 patients per year including an annual emergency room flow of over 24,000 patients and four thousand newborn deliveries.

Australia Govt promises Ethiopia $43m for health

January 26th, 2012

Australia Govt promises Ethiopia $43m for health

Deaths during childbirth in Ethiopia are expected to be halved thanks to a $43 million investment from the Australian government.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday signed an agreement promising the money over four years to help Ethiopia reach its millennium development goal targets on child health.

The cash is expected to dramatically increase the number of trained midwives from 2002 to 8635 and boost attended deliveries from 18 to 62 per cent.


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President George W. Bush honored in Ethiopia for his role in creating PEPFAR

December 4th, 2011
President Bush listens to an HIV positive mother explain how she has learned to keep her baby HIV free.

President George W. Bush honored in Ethiopia for his role in creating PEPFAR

Africa AIDS Conference Opens in Ethiopia

Peter Heinlein | Addid Ababa

VOA News

An international conference on AIDS in Africa opens in Addis Ababa with an address by former U.S. president George W. Bush. He is being honored for his role in creating PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the largest ever health initiative dedicated to fighting a disease.

Former president Bush received a hero's welcome Sunday during a brief stopover in Ethiopia. Amnesty International may be calling for his arrest, but in Ethiopia and many other AIDS afflicted developing countries, Mr. Bush is remembered for PEPFAR, which has pumped $39 billion into bilateral programs to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

Bush, his wife Laura Bush and daughters Jenna and Barbara visited St Paul's Hospital and Medical College in Addis Ababa, where mothers living with HIV told how PEPFAR-funded programs had helped them deliver healthy babies.

A woman, who gave her name as Belatech, said she was pregnant and already taking antiretroviral drugs when she came to St. Paul's. The baby she delivered is HIV-free.

Belatech says she is so grateful that she now works with other HIV-infected women to ensure that their children are born healthy.

Bush is credited with the initiative that created PEPFAR. Ethiopia is one of its biggest beneficiaries, having received $1.4 billion. The program currently funds anti-AIDS, TB and malaria programs in all of Ethiopia's 140 hospitals.

The former president told VOA he and his family are visiting PEPFAR facilities so American taxpayers will know how their taxpayer dollars are being spent.

"The way I look at it, it's one of the great acts of compassion by the American people. It is important for the American people to understand that their generosity saves a lot of lives," Bush said. "It's also important for the American people to know that if we do not support people who have HIV/AIDS or who are dying because of mosquito bites, more and more people will die."

The former president said it is important that the United States remains committed to effective health programs in the developing world.

"It is essential our country not retreat from the world. It is essential that we continue to show our compassion by funding programs that work. PEPFAR works, the malaria program works," Bush stated.

PEPFAR currently funds antiretroviral treatment for nearly a quarter of the estimated 1.1-million Ethiopians living with HIV. It also pays for training of 4,500 medical professionals.

Ethiopia's Health Minister Tewodros Adhanom says the program is still growing. "It is still under construction, we're seeing some really positive results, so we need to finalize based on the design we had started. But so far we are getting already encouraging results, HIV is declining, malaria declining significantly, and under five mortality is down, so there are really encouraging results," Adhanom explained.

Former President Bush was in Ethiopia for the opening of ICASA, the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa. The five-day conference has drawn more than 5,000 experts and activists from around the world for an exchange of ideas and best practices in the fight against AIDS.

Ethiopia as a model for health care leadership

November 24th, 2011

Ethiopia as a model for health care leadership

By: Michael Greenwood

Ethiopian Health Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Despite extensive poverty and limited resources, Ethiopia has made impressive strides in improving its health care system and can serve as a model for other countries seeking to make similar gains, a new paper by Yale researchers suggests.

The east African nation - which is more than double the size of California and has one of the largest populations in Africa - has successfully applied concepts of grand strategy to implement achievable priorities, work with diverse partners and external funders and develop middle-level management to promote new health policies.

Taken together, the country's wide-ranging approach has resulted in tangible changes on the ground and in improved health for more than 80 million Ethiopians. Ethiopia has, for example, constructed numerous new health centers and clinics and trained personnel to staff them, expanded access to clean water and nutritious food and sharply cut the number of deaths from malaria.

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Full report by Yale University