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“Safe Abortion,” but safe to whom ?

Solomie Deribessa , M.D., MPH. It was a beautiful Friday afternoon in 2005, after finishing my usual daily activity, I took a taxi to go home. Along the way I was reading a small booklet about the facts of abortion. … Continue reading

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Wins the Nobel Prize!

“Abiy Ahmed has initiated important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! This is a moment to cherish.

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Celebrating Adwa : great victory day for Ethiopia and Africa

March 1st, 1896 It is a victory that led to the idea for the Pan-African movement! Chronology of events: •1883 : Italian government buys Assab bay from Italian commercial firms •1885 ( Feb 5): Italian landing to occupy Massawa •1887 (Jan … Continue reading

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Barbers and stylists as health educators

  Is this a creative option for Ethiopia? We trained few barbers about hypertension and how to measure blood pressure in our project to address hypertension in East Cleveland. Each barber shop was provided with an automated blood pressure measuring machine. Any … Continue reading

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Electronic Health Records: Challenges for sub-Saharan Africa

I knock at the door, walk in, greet the patient, and sit next to a desk top with access to the electronic medical chart. The patient had already been seen by a nurse, medications updated and vital signs taken. I … Continue reading

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A dollar a day

There is a call by the PM of Ethiopia to Ethiopians and people of Ethiopian origin to contribute a dollar a day for supporting the development of the country. The class of 1989 at the medical school in Jimma University … Continue reading

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At the end of the morning report

  Eritrean –Ethiopian war (1998-2000), a brief reflection. I took brisk steps as I approached the main entrance of the hospital’s auditorium. I was the on call GP. It was a busy night call. I barely had a moment’s sleep. … Continue reading

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