An estimated 50,000 Ethiopian children are born with congenital heart disease annually, but almost all are not able to afford life-saving surgery. For thousands more, communicable, but deadly, diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, waterborne diseases, pneumonia, and goiter are causing early death. Meanwhile, the country’s health policies struggle to keep pace with unprecedented population growth. In Ethiopia:
- 16% of all children in Ethiopia are orphans.
- One in every 13 children dies before his first birthday.
- More than 33% of children under the age of 5 are malnourished.
- Four out of 5 families live on less than $2.00 (USD) a day.
- In rural areas, less than 1 in 3 families have access to a clean water source.
According to CIA world fact book, the Oromo’s are about 34.5% of Ethiopia’s total population. There are 31 hospital and 242 health centers in the Oromia region. Patient to Doctor ratio in Oromia region is 0.022 Physicians /1000 people. The services provided in hospitals in Oromia region is substantially low, hospitals are underserved and under equipped.
The East Africa Medical Relief Foundation (EAMRF) aims to establish a quality and sustainable medical network that is responsive to the needs of the under served, vulnerable people of the Oromia region of Ethiopia.
EAMRF will fulfill its mission through frequent trips to the Oromia region, where US-trained nurses and doctors will:
- Establish and/or strengthen strategic partnerships with health care providers.
- Provide a wide range of comprehensive quality health care services.
- Build up the capacity of local health workers through training’s.
- Offer free health education to the people of the region.
- Bring medical Equipment’s and supplies to the area hospitals and clinics.