March 2012 | We Hear You: Pioneering Surgeries in Rural Ethiopia

EHA missions are very rewarding. Many children here sustain debilitating burns as toddlers. Working with the local team, we had a very a simple goal: Learn, Teach and Heal. We learned how to adapt when faced with limited tools, equipment and resources. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise — all so we can enjoy the privilege of helping our patients heal. Alex Kim, MD, FACS
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, EHA Medical Volunteer

EHA Medical Missions focus on education, health and action. The March 2012 team visited Gode High School and delivered 6 computers and printers. They spent a few days in Adama Hospital working side by side with the local medical and nursing team, sharing knowledge and best practices in patient-centered care.

EHA deployed a team of 10 medical volunteers for their first comprehensive multi-specialty mission. Working with the local medical team at Adama General Hospital, they provided primary care and outpatient services to more than 340 patients a day.

Mission Results

  • The first ear reconstruction to be performed in Rural Ethiopia
  • Introduced the first laparoscopic surgery in the area  performed by Ethiopian surgeons assisted by American surgical team
  • Donated computer equipment to local high school
  • Provided life-saving surgical and medical care to 340 patients per day

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