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In response to the need for emergency medicine in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa University/Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, the University of Wisconsin, and the U.S.-based nonprofit People to People partnered to improve the organization of emergency medical services and develop training opportunities for health care professionals


Photo: First Emergency Medicine Symposium conducted at Addis Ababa University, January 2010. From left to right Assefu Woldetsadik, MD (AAU), Girma Tefera, MD (UW), Sisay Teklu, MD (AAU), Ryan Wubben, MD (UW), and Mike Wells, MD (University of Witswatersrand, South Africa). Photo by Pete Rankin.

The goal of the partnership is to build human resource capacity in emergency medicine. The original partnership objectives include the following:

  1. Strengthen the capacity of AAU/TASH and the AAU/Faculty of Medicine to provide emergency medicine and critical care by improving the organization of the emergency department;
  1. Develop continuing education opportunities for AAU/TASH faculty and staff and a related mechanism for ongoing training of health care and other allied health professionals;
  1. Strengthen the coordination of health care services at AAU/TASH to increase client retention in antiretroviral treatment programs; and
  1. Improve pre-service emergency medicine training at the undergraduate level, as well as developing high quality clinical training programs and distance learning opportunities.

In addition to these objectives, in 2010 the partnership expanded to include Pediatric Emergency Medicine. As part of this program, faculty fellows and nurses from AAU/TASH came to the University of Wisconsin for extended periods of time to develop specific management, clinical and training skills. They, like the Ethiopian faculty and nurses from the Adult EM partnership, undertook Quality Improvement projects as part of a class conducted through the UW-Global Health Institute. After completing the class, each participant developed and received support to implement a Quality Improvement project to improve ED patient services and operations at AAU/TASH. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System