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Emergency Training Center

In February 2010, the AIHA HIV/AIDS Twinning Center partners at AAU and the UW celebrated the launch of Ethiopia’s first Emergency Medicine Training Center, which was opened at AAU/TASH. Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, Dr. Tewodros Adhanom, spoke at the opening and highlighted the need for the trainings that the center would offer.

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Photo: “Emergency services, both pre-hospital and within a hospital setting, are practically non-existent in Ethiopia. This center – the first of its kind in our country – is an important step in the process of changing that.”
-Dr. Tewodros Adhanom, Former Ethiopian Minister of Health

Courses conducted at the state-of-the art AAU Emergency Medicine Training Center (EMTC) emphasize the acquisition of practical skills and are accompanied by computer presentations, didactic sessions, skills stations, and simulation training. Instructors from the UW and other U.S. medical institutions conducted exchange trips to Ethiopia to conduct trainings and work with Ethiopian colleagues to adapt various emergency courses to the Ethiopia setting. Now, a cadre of local Ethiopian instructors has been developed to help ensure sustainability of the EMTC. The course modules developed and adapted to the Ethiopian setting include:

  1. Cardiac Resuscitation
  2. Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics™
  3. Ethiopia Trauma Resuscitation
  4. Introduction to Life Support
  5. Pediatric Resuscitation
  6. Advanced Life Support in Infectious Disease
  7. Pre-Hospital Trainings
  8. Emergency Ultrasound
  9. Quality Improvement

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