This February, an Ethiopian child who lives in an impoverished rural town will be able to see the school blackboard more clearly and learn a few more phrases in English.
He will be helped by Ethiopian healthcare workers who now have more resources and training to bring him treatment for eye disease.
His family will share an improving quality of life that includes more access to dental care, podiatry, obstetrics and surgical procedures, while women at his school will be better equipped to mend surgical drapes and clothing.
It’s going to be a busy February for Gundersen Global Partners, as the program of Gundersen Medical Foundation sends two teams back-to-back to Ethiopia.
Global Partners exists to improve the health and well-being of the global communities it serves by inspiring volunteerism throughout Gundersen Health System and local communities. In doing so, Global Partners empowers global communities to improve their own health and quality of life.
In the Yetebon community of Ethiopia, Global Partners works hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian nongovernmental organization, Project Mercy, in assisting underserved people of this rural highlands improve their own health and communities. These trips help the people there by teaching them new medical techniques while providing services and educational opportunities that are not currently available anywhere near their homes.
Team 1 will include Gundersen experts in surgery and podiatry—the main focus of this trip. Team 2 follows up immediately (the groups overlap a few days) to concentrate on obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn) plus dental health. Besides the concentrations, there will be vision testing including trachoma screenings; sewing and mending classes; English tutoring; and interaction with students playing sports such as soccer and basketball.
Each trip spans 14-15 days. It’s a big commitment by Global Partners and its volunteers—and shows how Gundersen and the Foundation are devoted to helping others. Over the two trips, Global Partners is sending 11 RNs, three MDs (surgery, emergency and Ob/Gyn), a podiatrist, two residents (podiatry and surgery), two anesthesiologist assistants, a prosthodontist and at least eight more volunteers who will provide non-medical education and support services.