Dr. Melkam Bave Agegenehu, a promising young surgeon at Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital in Bahir Dar, recognized the challenges faced by staff at the busy hospital in the Amhara Region of northern Ethiopia. But when his mother became gravely ill, he quickly learned that a lack of supplies and other disparities at the health facility could even prove fatal for his aged parent.
The Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has launched the Health Sector Transformation Plan (HSTP) as part of the second Growth and Transformation Plan of the Ethiopian government. The HSTP has set ambitious targets toward realizing the sustainable development goals and identified four transformation agendas: Quality and Equity, Woreda Transformation, Information Revolution and Compassionate, Respectful and Caring (CRC) health workforce.
Revolutionizing Surgery for Billions A lack of surgical care kills more people each year than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Around the world, 5 billion people don’t have access to safe and affordable surgical care, which causes nearly 17 million deaths each year. Not surprisingly, most of these people live in low- and middle-income countries,