ENAHPA publishes a formal newsletter every other year which is distributed to our members and stakeholders. Please view our most updated news below.
ENAHPA Award Update (October 2013)
Dr. Ingida Asfaw, MD, FACS was presented with the prestigious American College of Surgeons/Pfizer 2013 Surgical Volunteerism Award for International Outreach on October 8, 2013 at the Annual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors Dinner in Washington, D.C. This award recognizes ACS fellows who have dedicated a substantial portion of their career to ensuring the provision of surgical care to underserved populations and is sponsored by Pfizer and Operation Giving Back (OGB). Operation Giving Back was established by the ACS to recognize and encourage surgeons committed to humanitarian pursuits. Each year, OGB and the ACS Board of Governor’s Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup select outstanding individuals from a large group of nominees.
Dr. Asfaw was honored for his commitment to improving medical and surgical care in Ethiopia via the organization he founded—the Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA). He presented a well-received lecture on ENAHPA’s work during the American College of Surgeon’s 99th Annual Clinical Congress, which boasted an attendance of over 20,000 people this year.
Maternal Child Health Center Update (May 2013)
Kinfe Gebeyehu MD; MPH; FAAP, Emeritus Attending Pediatrician Department of Pediatrics Stroger Hospital of Cook Co., Chicago, Illinois; Chair of Maternal Child Health (MCH) committee, Founding Member, Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA), Senait Fisseha MD; JD; Associate Professor and Medical Director, Center for Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, University of Michigan; and co-chair of ENAHPA MCH committee, Founding Member, ENAHPA, Haregua Getu, MD; Private Practice, Internal Medicine; Vice-President and Founding Member of ENAHPA; ex-officio Member ENAHPA MCH Committee , Ingida Asfaw MD; FACS, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; President and Chief Operating Officer of ENAHPA, Elizabeth Asfaw Ph.D., Adjunct Professor. Jones International Univ., Senior ENAHPA MCH committee member
Historical background, goals and objectives:
The Maternal Child Health (MCH) and Safe Mothering Center, a collaborative program of Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA), and Hawassa Bureau of Health Services, opened its door on February 18, 2011 to serve the city of Hawassa and its surrounding communities. Hawassa is a beautiful town of about 110,000 inhabitants within its city limits and is located by a lake whose name the town has also acquired. It is located about 175 KM south of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, in
the Southern Nations and nationalities region. The population in the immediate localities that fully or partly depend on the town is probably over 400,000.
ENAHPA is a voluntary non-profit organization established in 1999 in North America by the dedicated efforts of its President, Dr. Ingida Asfaw, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and by other committed founding members of Ethiopian origin. ENAHPA’s vision is voluntary outreach programs in Ethiopia in medicine, surgery, public health, HIV and caring for orphans. Resources are provided by member contributions, donations, fundraising drives, and grants from organizations, foundations and individuals. Transfer of knowledge, skills and technology to medical, nursing and allied health professionals in Ethiopia has remained one of ENAHPA’s strong missions ever since its establishment.
However, from its inception, ENAHPA saw maternal and child health care as a crucially urgent area to participate in. ENAHPA and the people of Ethiopia believed that much could be done to prevent and reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths and illnesses in rural and urban communities. It was on this principle that a partnership was established between ENAHPA, Hawassa Health Bureau, and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. The goal was to build and equip a center, train the staff to run a prenatal and child health program which would include a maternal and neonatal unit where emergency obstetrical procedures and neonatal resuscitations and treatment could be rendered.
The Bureau of Hawassa Health Care Service assumed responsibilities to staff the center, maintain the building and its functions, and provide administrative leadership for day to day operation of the center. The Center was colorfully inaugurated on February 18, 2011 in the presence of the administrative leadership of the region, the then Minister of Health of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, representatives of the executive board of ENAHPA, ENAHPA MCH committee members, community leaders and members of the Hawassa township.
ENAHPA is grateful to the numerous organizations, foundations, grantors and individual donors who contributed heavily towards the construction of the building and establishment of the Center that already, in just about two years, has started showing significant results.
Summary of activities and accomplishments:
In a collaborative program, all wheels of the agencies involved must be engaged and be fully functional. The professionals at Hawassa MCH services, in Obstetrics and gynecology, deliveries, prenatal, preventive care and planned parenthood whose successful efforts were constantly supported and acknowledged by the administrative and program directors as well as by ENAHPA should feel proud to have been at the helm of a program that has shown remarkable success and lots of promises.
Dear ENAHPA Members and Friends,
“When you dream alone, with your eyes shut, asleep, that dream is an illusion. But when we dream together, sharing the same dream, awake and with our eyes wide open, then that dream becomes reality” Source Unknown.
In the past twelve years ENAHPA has made its indelible mark on Ethiopian soil and has extended its global health outreach through the myriad of programs designed to alleviate the great health care needs of the Ethiopian people. I am proud to say that we have impacted many lives and laid a foundation for greatness. Ethiopians and non-Ethiopians alike from within the diaspora have courageously rallied to our noble humanitarian cause. But it isn’t enough. Our sisters and brothers in Ethiopia are in even more need of our assistance and expertise as the world’s climate continues to change.
The value we bring to international development - love, commitment, integrity, transparency and inclusive visionary leadership is enviable. In my opinion, as we move forward the key to meeting the challenges on the road ahead is to never forget that many are counting on us, including the Ethiopian youth that are the leaders of tomorrow. Congratulations to ENAHPA along with our Ethiopian colleagues on the ground for their courage, compassion and sacrifice in driving so many vital clinical and academic services in Ethiopia in such a short span of time.
Since its inception, November 19, 1999, ENAHPA has raised healthcare awareness and has helped to enhance access and quality healthcare delivery in virtually every segment of medicine and surgery in Ethiopia from HIV care, preventative medicine (public health) to emergency medical services to the very first ever open-heart surgery and much more. We have facilitated numerous observerships, traveling scholar fellowships at overseas universities and institutions for higher learning for physicians, nurses and allied health sciences and many others. We have provided books, journals, teaching aids and distance learning.
One of the many critical, high priority healthcare initiatives of our organization is the Safe Mothering Program in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Every minute, every day, 365 days of the year, somewhere in the world, one woman dies due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth. For every woman who dies, 30 develop life-long illnesses and injuries related to pregnancy and childbirth, a staggering statistic. Hence, the paramount importance of empowering women.
In October 2006, ENAHPA broke ground on our first state-of-the-art Maternal Child Health Center (MCH) in Hawassa, Ethiopia which is now designated a Primary Level Hospital. In a collaborative partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and the Hawassa Regional Health Bureau, ENAHPA completed the construction of the MCH Center and installed medical equipment, instruments and supplies. The Center will serve as a “Pilot” Program in the region and provide the much needed skilled emergency obstetrical, gynecological and neonatal services for Hawassa and its surrounding population. It will also serve to train medical and allied health students from Debub University College of Health Sciences and Medical School. Ultimately, it is anticipated that there will be additional nine MCH Centers throughout Ethiopia. On February 18, 2011, ENAHPA and its dedicated MCH Committee, partners in Ethiopia and friends inaugurated the Hawassa MCH Center and began offering skilled emergency obstetric and neonatal services. Since its inauguration the Center has more than doubled its volume.
ENAHPA’s short and long range stated goals/objectives and strategy is to continue the journey in building upon its broad spectrum of quality healthcare programs and to help create sustainable and impactful Socio-Economic Development: Its primary focus shall be helping enhance the Nation’s Capacity Building in:
The Ethiopian Diaspora and friends should rise united to meet the challenges of the day and march forward toward a realization of our common goal and obligation to join hands and reach out to help mitigate the great healthcare and related needs of our citizens. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
I ask you to embrace a deeper purpose: believe that every man is my brother and each man’s burden is my own. Where poverty exists, all are poorer; where hatred flourishes, all are corrupted; and where injustice reigns, all are unequal.
So friends, on behalf of the ENAHPA Board of Directors, many thanks for sharing in ENAHPA’s humanitarian mission, vision and values in helping mitigate preventable human tragedies and conditions and giving a “glimmer of hope” to those less fortunate and the helpless, either through your philanthropy or talent or both. You all have much to be proud of as you have contributed to making ENAHPA the great organization that it is today. You have set an example to be proud of. It is also important that we not forget our young and their many contributions. They are the future of this great organization and will help to carry on its remarkable legacy. We must continue to set a good example for our young as we make a positive impact and remind them of ENAHPA’s motto “Together We Can Make a Difference”. I am excited about the endless possibilities!
Ingida Asfaw, MD, FACS
ENAHPA Founder and President
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