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HIV and AIDs in Ethiopia
The HIV and AIDS pandemic has affected Ethiopia drastically. Millions of Ethiopian children are orphaned, and millions more women are widowed each year by this harsh disease.
AIDS also has drastic consequences on the economic wellbeing of the country. Thirty percent of AIDS-related deaths are among the most productive members of society. In 2009, AIDS claimed 25 million lives.
Our work in Ethiopia
Medical Teams International partners with Life in Abundance in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia, to reduce the vertical transmission of HIV from mother to child using a community based model. This is a three year partnership, which began in September, 2010. The program's objectives, which are planned to complete by the end of 2013, are:
- To raise awareness and increase the knowledge and practice of 2,500 pregnant mothers on the mode of transmission and prevention of HIV and AIDS.
- To improve the quality of Preventing Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) service delivery and uptake by 75% at one health center in Debre Birhan.
- To ensure combined drug therapy provision for 90% of HIV positive mothers and newborn babies.
- To provide Anti-Retroviral Therapy care and psycho-social support for 90% of HIV positive mothers and their partners and children.
- To build the capacity of and equip 22 faith-based charities or churches to effectively promote and support a community based PMTCT.
Our partner in Ethiopia
Soddo Christian Hospital is in southern Ethiopia in the Wolaitta province and was founded by the St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation of Wheaton, Illinois in 2005. Wolaitta is one of the most populated and impoverished areas in the country and serves a population of more than three million people. The hospital provides quality health care and shares the gospel. It is a member of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons and trains African surgeons so that they can serve in Christian hospitals throughout Africa.
Medical Teams International has worked alongside Soddo Christian Hospital since 2007, sending medical professionals to train PAACS residents.
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