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WoH plans a trip to Ethiopia – Nov 2010
By: Wings of Healing Update
Nov 20, 2011

Ethiopia Facts

  • Ethiopia Population 84.7 million
  • Life expectancy 56
  • 90% women illiterate
  • 85% live in rural areas

Ethiopian Religion

  • Religions 20 years ago; 98% Orthodox Christians
  • Religion today; 40% Orthodox Christian 24% Anglican Christian 34% Muslims
  • Reasons for change; Financial investment by Muslim countries Health, education, employment

Planning the Visit

Started in Nov 2010

Dec 2010

  • Contact with professionals in Addis
  • Appointed 4 administrators to prepare for visit
  • Accommodation + transport
  • Dealing with health officials
  • Applying for work permits

April 2011 2

  • Coordinators appointed (US and UK)
  • Recruit health professionals
  • Maintain communication with Ethiopia;
  • 2 teaching hospitals in Addis

September 2011

  • Approval for the mission
  • Recruitment and registration of team members

November 2011

  • Mission commenced

Working together

Issues faced;

  • Rejection of help
  • Lack of trust Suspicion of mission objectives

Working with local professionals

  • Teaching for long term benefit
  • Recruitment and communication of patients
  • Involvement in undergraduate teaching

Working with Health Officials

  • Equipment transport and clearance
  • Setting up new services

On Mission November 2011

  • 22 specialist consultants from: USA/Canada/UK/Eygpt
  • Interventional cardiology
  • General surgery
  • Upper GI
  • Paediatrics ENT + ophthalmology
  • Obs and Gynae
  • 3 Registrars
  • 2 theatre nurses
  • 1 pharmacist

Common health problems

  • Most preventable or treatable Rheumatic heart disease Diabetes Blindness;
  • cataracts,
  • infection,
  • DM Cancers
  • HIV/AIDS

Indicators of healthcare

Comparing ETHIOPIA and UK

  • Maternal mortality 2009 670/100,000  8/100,000
  • Lifetime risk of death in childbirth 1 in 40 1 in 4700
  • Skilled attendant at birth 6% 99%
  • Receive good AN care 12% 99%
  • LSCS rate 1% 27%
  • Infant mortality 67/1000 5/1000

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