Non-doctor emergency surgeons are saving thousands of lives in rural Ethiopian hospitals

Our Southern Ethiopia Gwent Health Care Link was the first to introduce Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes in emergency surgical and obstetric training for non-doctor health officers in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia in 2000. By the end of 2005, after consultation between our organisation, THET, the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia, WHO, Addis Ababa University representatives, and the British Embassy (which was at that time funding our CME programme), consensus was reached on starting a task force in the country to develop a Masters programme in emergency surgery and obstetrics. The task force involved all the then-existing five medical universities as well as representation from other bodies.

Author: Biku Ghosh

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