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Since 2006, orthopaedic surgery, treatment and training, particularly at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, have been the cornerstone of our activities in Ethiopia. 

Visiting volunteer Orthopaedic medical teams conduct clinical consultations, surgical procedures and training for surgeons and staff at the Black Lion Hospital and more recently the Felegehiwot Referral Hospital in Bahir Dar.  Training involves mentoring during operations, ward rounds, lectures and structured teaching programs, as follows:

  • In conjunction with AO Alliance (a Swiss NGO), ADFA team members conduct an annual 3-day Basic Orthopaedic Management Course in Trauma for first year residents in Addis Ababa. The course involves peri-operative medicine lectures and participation in the delivery of the practical applications of orthopaedic surgical procedures.  In 2018, the course was well received with 57 residents, including 5 females, completing the course.
  • The Ward Nurses Training Program has been successfully delivered by a team of volunteer nurses over a number of years at the Black Lion Hospital and Felegehiwot Referral Hospital with the aim to improve the standard of ward nursing and post-operative outcomes.  The program focusses on hand hygiene, wound care, basic life support principles, post-operative nursing care and neurovascular assessments.
  • With the support of Australian charity, Sock It To Sarcoma, and the leadership of Prof David Wood, momentum is building to deal with the incidence of 5,000 sarcomas per year in Ethiopia.  This is being achieved through strong partnerships with CURE Hospital, Black Lion Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Department, Oxford University and the establishment of an annual Musculoskeletal Tumour Course in Addis Ababa for orthopaedic surgeons and oncologists.

Providing intensive training courses to orthopaedic surgeons and nurses is a sustainable way to advance skills and improve services to patients on an ongoing basis. 

ADFA’s Infrastructure Development Program in Ethiopia has improved access to well equipped orthopaedic theatres at the Black Lion Hospital, Felegehiwot Referral Hospital and Hawassa University Hospital.  Delivery of sea containers of donated medical equipment and provision of orthopaedic surgical equipment completes the renovations to a high standard.

ADFA is currently working with the Jugal Referral Hospital, a regional hospital in Harar, to undertake a similar program.

The Australian Embassy in Ethiopia has provided support towards several infrastructure projects through their Direct Aid Program.

Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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