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A frilly pink dress made its way from Bay View, near Milwaukee, to Addis Ababa just in time for a very sick Ethiopian toddler, dressed as a fairy princess, to celebrate Christmas in the hospital.

The story of the pink princess dress is one about the University of Wisconsin’s reach across the state, and around the globe.

The trips have become a familiar journey for many UW Hospital staff members, since the hospitals – UW Health and Black Lion Hospital in Ethiopia – were “twinned” in 2009 under a grant from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/Ethiopia), which is administered by the American International Health Alliance and led by UW vascular surgeon Girma Tefera, MD.

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