Professors Shlomo Maayan, head of Hadassah’s AIDS Center, and Dan Engelhard, Head of the Department of Pediatrics at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem, traveled to Northern Ethiopia to check on their collaborative venture with Ethiopian colleagues in treating AIDS.The Hadassah Medical Organization developed a multidisciplinary model involving doctors, nurses, social workers, and community members which has been effective in treating immigrant patients in Israel. Hadassah has now partnered with the University of Seattle’s ITECH (International Training and Education Center on HIV) to create and carry out a United States Center for Disease Control-sponsored training and educational program in Ethiopia. Our doctors will be working with a local team in Gondar, the area where most of the new Israeli immigrants had previously lived, and in Addis Ababa. If the Hadassah program works in Ethiopia, it can be copied all over the continent and save many lives.
Accompanying the doctors was Barbara Sofer, Hadassah America’s Israel Director of Public Relations, in order to report first-hand on the Gondar project. While there, she relates, she made “good contacts” for Hadassah International!