Health systems in Oromia Region

Today we set out to visit Fitche Hospital, the site of a CPAR piolet project aiming to strengthen the capacity of the Emergency Department at this regional hospital.

“It doesn’t matter how good the doctor, if the hospital doesn’t have proper equipment, an efficient administrative structured that u

nderstands the medical industry, or even running water the doctor can’t provide adequate patient care.” – Dr. Graeme Barber

“I was shocked to see a regional hospital that has so many issues from the most basic, such as running water to more complex like how to delivery services to the 1.5 million people that depend on it. But what this means to me is that there is potential and with CPAR’s approach of asking the community for their nToday we set out to visit Fitche Hospital, the site of a CPAR piolet project aiming to strengthen the capacity of the Emergency Department at this regional hospital.

“It doesn’t matter how good the doctor, if the hospital doesn’t have proper equipment, an efficient administrative structured that understands the medical industry, or even running water the doctor can’t provide adequate patient care.” – Dr. Graeme Barber

“I was shocked to see a regional hospital that has so many issues from the most basic, such as running water to more complex like how to delivery services to the 1.5 million people that depend on it. Bu

t what this means to me is that there is potential and with CPAR’s approach of asking the community for their needs instead of imposing what we think is best on them, I think this hospital can become a place where patients can come for the care they need with confidence.” – Dr. Brain Woodfall

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A taste of Addis

After arriving in Addis Ababa we checked into our hotel and, almost immediately, set off for a walking tour of the city with our guide, Melkamu. Needless to say, after a fourteen hour flight, it was pure excitement and enthusiasm that kept us moving. After lunch in the city we headed back to the hotel to rest and get ready for the nights festivities. 

Dinner was arranged with CPAR Ethiopia’s staff at Habishes 2000. We were treated to traditional Ethiopian cuisine, which included plenty of injara (a flat spungy bread that is eaten at every meal).  We were also provided with a show with dinner. It features traditional dancing and singing from some of the different regions of Ethiopia, including the Afra Region. This regions is sometimes called the seat of humanity and the place where Lucy, humans oldest ancestor was found. 

Pre-Departure

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Has it started to sink in that we are leaving for Africa in a very short time? This will be such a life-changing experience for everyone!

This is a space to share your thoughts on topics related to your trip preparations or anything that may be of interest to your group. You could share packing tips, ask the group a question or touch on any pre-departure experiences. Please feel free to post right up to the time we’re at the airport. How are you preparing for your trip to Ethiopia?

October 30: Addis / Fitche

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Fitche Hospital entrance

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the CPAR Program Office in Addis Ababa for a security briefing and an overview of CPAR Ethiopia’s history and projects. After the briefing we will take the highway to the town of Fitche in Oromia Region (about a three- hour drive). On arrival we will visit CPAR’s project at Fitche Hospital. Here you will have the opportunity to meet and discuss the progress and success of the Fitche Hospital Physician Knowledge Sharing Project, generously supported by Canadian donors. You will learn how Canadian doctors are helping Fitche hospital staff improve emergency patient care through knowledge sharing, the provision of critical emergency equipment, and enhanced trainings. After the project visit, we will head to a local hotel and freshen up before meeting for dinner.

October 31: Fitche / Debre Markos

En route: WASH project sites, Blue Nile Gorge

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Blue Nile Gorge

After breakfast in Fitche, we will begin our five-hour journey to the Benishangul Gumuz (BSG) region. On the way we will stop by a community that is being assessed for a future CPAR program. Here program staff will demonstrate the need for improved water, sanitation and hygiene in the area, and outline how this new project will improve the health of community members. We will then head to a village that benefitted from a past CPAR program and speak with the beneficiaries who will demonstrate the impacts of sustainable development programming. Then, we head on to Debre Markos with a stop to have lunch near the magnificent Blue Nile Gorge. Upon arriving in Debre Markos you will check into the hotel to freshen up before enjoying a traditional coffee ceremony followed by dinner.

November 1: Debre Markos / Dibate

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Road to Dibate

After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and begin the four- hour drive to Dibate District. We will stop along the way to note points of interest. Upon arrival in Dibate you will meet with CPAR staff who will provide an overview of social issues in the region and district, and introduce you to CPAR’s projects that are helping the local communities. If time permits we will visit a community and meet some of CPAR’s beneficiaries. The group will then head to a CPAR guest house to rest, and meet for dinner.