In 2005, there were only eight neurologists and two neurosurgeons serving 80 million people in Ethiopia. This spurred P2P to partner with the Mayo Clinic and Addis Ababa University (AAU) to develop a neurology training fellowship. The first Fellows joined the program in 2006 and graduated in 2008. Now, about a dozen medical students participate in the program each year.
The neurology program at AAU now offers morning sessions, seminars, clinics, bedside instruction, and continuing medical education (CME). P2P continues to organize experts from around the world to support post-graduate medical education. P2P volunteers continue to support our colleagues in Ethiopia using telemedicine. We see the ongoing high quality education received by neurology fellows as an indicator that our triangular partnership model works.
In March 2009, P2P partnered with the American International Health Alliance, the University of Wisconsin, and the Addis Ababa School of Medicine to develop an emergency medical curriculum. Previously, Ethiopia lacked any unified emergency medicine curriculum or training.
The program began with a residency curriculum developed by Ethiopian doctors and nurses, after visits to the University of Wisconsin. The curriculum responds to unique challenges of the Ethiopian context. American instructors used the curriculum to “train the trainers” at the launch of the Emergency Medicine Training Center. By 2015, Ethiopian instructors lead over 90% of courses.
Eventually, Black Lion Hospital opened the first emergency department in the country. AAU and Black Lion continue to collaborate on an Emergency Medicine residency and a Master’s in Emergency Medicine (roughly equivalent to a Nurse Practitioner program in the USA).
As the involvement of foreign partners has diminished, the success of the program has not. The curriculum remains a resource that can be used across Ethiopia. A new generation of doctors is graduating with experience in emergency medicine, which we believe will jump-start growth of emergency departments around the country.
2018 will mark P2P’s 10th Annual Healthcare and Medical Education Conference in Washington, DC. The Conference provides a reliable venue for participants in the triangular partnership to meet, exchange ideas, and update each other on the state of healthcare in Ethiopia and the developed world.
At the 2017 Conference, we began our focus on increasing cancer care in Ethiopia. This year, we plan to continue that dialogue. We will also mark the Conference’s 10th anniversary by bringing more participants from Ethiopian than ever. By connecting more Ethiopian communities and institutions to the triangular partnership, we can increase the impact of our model. We hope you will join us!
P2P strongly believes by addressing health inequities and health disparities in the US, the quality, access and equity of healthcare will be improved. By addressing the social determinants of health that are a result of systemic, avoidable and unjust social and economic policies and practices that create barriers to opportunity health inequities will be mitigated. Along with that, by tackling differences in health status among distinct segments of the population including differences that occur by gender, race or ethnicity, education or income, disability, or living in various geographic localities health disparities can be improved. In the US, many people suffer from lack of access to affordable healthcare. P2P founder Dr. Mehari noticed that in his home state of Kentucky, far too many were uninsured. As its initial effort in this matter, Dr Mehari in 2005 established the free clinic in Morehead, Kentucky to improve healthcare access for the uninsured segments of the community and to provide free medical care to those without health insurance or the ability to pay. P2P and St. Claire Regional Medical Center recruited volunteers and other partner organizations to build and staff the Clinic. The Clinic is supported entirely by the generosity of local churches, individuals and organizations who share our belief that health care is a human right. The People’s Clinic receives no state or federal government funding.
P2P will further work with all stakeholders within the public health system to improve social inequities and corporate commitments by securing strategic partnerships and advocacy; to improve living conditions by community capacity building, community organizing, and civic engagements; to curb risky health behaviors by involving in individual health education; and decrease disease, injury and mortality by improving case management and healthcare perse. For this effort, P2P and its president have received several international recognitions and awards.