Category: "Health"

Former President George W. Bush to travel to Ethiopia to spotlight health efforts

November 22nd, 2011

Bushes plan Africa trip to spotlight health efforts

George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush are bound for Africa next month to highlight female cancers and diseases such as malaria in developing countries, advancing their plan to focus on global health in the post-presidency years.

The Bushes will travel to Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia from December 1-5, a few months after they announced a new initiative to combat breast and cervical cancer in countries where screening isn’t readily available.

Dubbed “Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon,” the initiative aims to build on the work started by Mr. Bush during his presidency, when Congress committed billions of dollars to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR.

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Ethiopian child mortality, malnutrition rates drop

November 11th, 2011

Ethiopian child mortality, malnutrition rates drop

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters)
- Ethiopia has more than halved its child mortality rates since 1990 through campaigns to increase the number of health workers and clinics throughout the country, government and aid officials said on Friday.

The Horn of Africa nation has long suffered from one of the world's highest death rates of children due to recurring droughts. Twenty years ago the mortality rate for those aged under five was about 20 percent.

"Today, according to the 2011 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey, that figure has been slashed by more than half to 8.8 per cent," said Keseteberhan Admassu, Ethiopia's State Minister of Health.

"Reducing malnutrition, which is an underlying factor in at least half of all under-five deaths, has had a profound impact on the survival rates of children," he told a gathering of representatives of United Nations agencies.

Keseteberhan said the nation-wide malnutrition rate has been slashed by 32 percent, with prevalence to being underweight dropping to 28.7 percent in 2010 from 42.1 percent in 2000.

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Yale University to Further Strengthen Health Care Systems in Ethiopia

November 4th, 2011

Yale University to Further Strengthen Health Care Systems in Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali

Nov. 3, 2011 – The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute announces a new partnership with Management Science for Health, as part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Leadership, Management and Governance Project. This five-year project will support health systems strengthening in developing countries around the world.

“Investment in leadership and management are critical in helping our own and other countries establish efficient and effective health care systems,” says Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D., faculty director, Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. “This collaboration helps Yale expand on its goals to develop leadership to address health problems that transcend national borders.”

The LMG project joins Yale and several other organizations who can together receive up to $199 million in funds to address gaps in leadership, management and improve governing structures of health care systems at all levels. Project goals include:
• Develop and test tools and models to assess participatory process, transparency, accountability and monitoring and evaluation of national and local health systems.
• Incorporate tools and models into health programs and health systems to build local capacity in leadership, management and governance.
• Initiate local support and equip managers and providers at all levels of the health system to advocate for and implement inspired leadership, sound management and transparent governance.
• Build on the use of platforms such as internet, digital and mobile phone based technologies to make leadership, management and governance tools available at low cost to the widest possible global audience.
• Expand work in pre-service training to ensure that leadership, management and governance models for organizational, programmatic, and financial sustainability are institutionalized and sustained by local universities and training centers.

“Yale is a highly valued partner with a strategic focus on senior level leadership, management and governance,” says James A. Rice, project director, Management Sciences for Health. “This is an area that can have a high impact assisting Ministries of Health in improving their stewardship role for resources in the health sector and influencing policy.”
The GHLI work in particular will collaborate with ministries across several sectors to help strengthen leadership skills of senior officials and their teams. Eight countries will be included in this project: Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali. Several different programs will be put into place based on each country’s immediate needs, but could include establishing leadership certificate programs and organizing conferences that focus on priority health issues.

Ethiopia: WHO Coordinator honoured for his outstanding work on TB/HIV

October 29th, 2011

Ethiopia: WHO Coordinator honoured for his outstanding work on TB/HIV

28 October 2011 | Lille | WHO Stop TB Department Coordinator, Dr Haileyesus Getahun, has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Union Scientific Prize for his work on tuberculosis (TB) and HIV-associated TB. The 41 year old Ethiopian, who heads the Stop TB Department's TB/HIV and Community Engagement unit, was honoured at the opening ceremony of the 42nd Union World Conference at Lille in France.

Accepting the prize, Dr Getahun thanked current and former colleagues for their support and guidance and also paid tribute to patient and community groups who he said had been a source of inspiration since his arrival at WHO in 2003. ‪

"This award recognizes the important work that has been done over the years to save the lives of people co-infected with TB and HIV. It also underlines the commitment and achievements of WHO, its partners and its member states, on reducing the burden of TB/HIV through effective collaboration. It is a great honour to have been nominated and awarded the Union Scientific Prize", said Dr Getahun.

‪‪The Director of the WHO Stop TB Department, Dr Mario Raviglione, said the award was deserved: "This is a major achievement and honour for my colleague, Dr Getahun, and for the Stop TB Department. This award reflects his solid leadership on TB/HIV and his ongoing successful collaboration with major partners and key stakeholders. On behalf of the department, I would like to offer my congratulations to Dr Getahun. " ‪

The Union Scientific Prize is awarded annually and recognizes the contribution made by researchers at any stage of their career for work on tuberculosis or lung health.

‪Dr Getahun's main area of work at WHO has been focused on helping develop evidence-based TB/HIV policies to prevent, diagnose and treat TB among people living with HIV. He also coordinates the TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership and played a critical role in raising the profile of TB/HIV especially among HIV stakeholders and researchers. ‪

He began his professional career as a medical officer in a rural north-western district of Ethiopia, working under extremely challenging conditions with no electricity and limited communication. After completing his training as a doctor in Ethiopia, he studied for a Masters and PhD in Public Health at the University of Ghent and Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium.

Learning to live with autism in Ethiopia

September 23rd, 2011


Learning to live with autism in Ethiopia

By Hewete Haileselassie BBC Focus on Africa magazine

The year was 1995 and Ethiopian Zemi Yunus had no idea what autism was. What she did know was that her four-year-old son, Jojo, was clearly "different from other children of his age."

Then her husband watched a television programme in the United States where they were living at the time.

It suddenly dawned on them that perhaps Jojo was autistic - certainly the symptoms described all seemed to point to this.

On the brink of returning to Ethiopia, Mrs Zemi began in earnest to research the issue.

Like many parents of autistic children, Mrs Zemi says that she had long had concerns about her son's speech, but many doctors had reassured her that boys are often "late talkers" and assuaged her fears.

But the more she found out independently, the more she recognised that her son's delayed speech, as well as his repetitive actions and his behavioural difficulties, were clearly autistic.

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