Countdown to Ethiopia: 12 days

It’s officially time to start packing.

In 12 days I’ll be in Ethiopia covering the work of a team of medical professionals with Doma International, and I’m in glorious anticipation of the stories that await me there. I’m looking forward to seeing how the partnerships made between Doma and the leaders of Bora have impacted the people there.

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Ins and outs:

Bora is a remote village in the southern part of the country. Amber, Doma’s projects coordinator, met with the chief of the village four years ago and he told her he’d prayed his whole life for a medical facility for his tribe. In July 2009 she met with the elders of the village and they gave the go-ahead to begin work on the clinic, which opened last year.

One of the things Doma focuses on in Ethiopia is caring for women in childbirth and providing education. Amber, a nurse practicioner, has developed a currciculum to educate women on the warning signs of childbirth going wrong to hopefully catch the problems before they escalate. For every 1,000 children born in Ethiopia, 77 will die between birth and age one, and 94 percent of births are not attended by a midwife or doctor. There is one nurse at the Bora clinic who sees patients at the clinic, but primarily visits women in their homes.  

Twice a year Amber leads medical teams to Bora to set up clinics there and in the rural mountain villages surrounding it. She estimates there are about 10,000 people around Bora, but there are no statistics for Bora. They estimate population based on the number of fathers. The nearest hospital is a 6-mile hike down the mountain to Chencha where one doctor serves 50,000 people.

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