• Where We Work: Ethiopia

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    • City: Addis Ababa
    • Type of program: Education and Capacity Building (Twinning)
    • Partners: Aslan Project (SickKids, University of Rochester, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center) and Georgetown University School of Medicine (USA) in collaboration with:
      1. Federal Ministry of Health (Ethiopia)
      2. Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) Hospital (Ethiopia)
      3. Addis Ababa University College of Health Sciences (Ethiopia)
      4. International Network for Cancer Treatment & Research (Belgium)

    Education and Capacity Building Program

    • Program title: Development of the first national pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship program in Ethiopia
    • Start date: 4/1/2014
    • End date: November 2015
    • Status: GHI activity completed

    Hematology Oncology Unit EthiopiaCurrently, there are no trained pediatric hematologists/oncologists in Ethiopia for an expected 80 million population, with an estimated 8,000 new cases of pediatric cancer per year. As a result, there is an urgent need for training of physicians in this subspecialty. It is expected that trained pediatric hematologists/oncologists will narrow the gap between demand and supply in patient care and service. More pediatric hematologists/oncologists are also required as educators given the expansion of medical training in Ethiopia. Moreover, more pediatric hematologists/oncologists are also required to do clinical research addressing cancer in the hospital setting and the community. Therefore, this partnership aims to train sufficient pediatric hematologist/oncologists to enable the creation of a national program for Ethiopia.

    In particular, the fellowship program is developed to train competent clinical pediatric hematology/oncology specialists who understand the pathophysiologic basis, clinical trajectory, and management of benign hematologic and oncologic disorders and can, thus, diagnose and treat patients with these disorders in the hospital and community setting. It consists of 24 months training in clinical pediatric hematology and oncology, including a 3-month rotation at a pre-selected out-of-country pediatric hematology/oncology center.

    Along with the other partners, the role of the GHI is provide assistance in the creation of all clinical programs that are necessary for the comprehensive care of children with blood and neoplastic disorders in Ethiopia and educational coverage of all subjects covered in the fellowship-training program as visiting faculty.

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