Six physicians from Boston will travel to Ethiopia this week to provide emergency medical care training, to evaluate emergency medicine facilities and capabilities, and to cosponsor and participate in the first Ethiopian Conference on Emergency Medicine.
The group will travel to Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, December 9 to meet with members of the Israel Association of Emergency Medicine. The combined Boston-Israeli group then will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, December 12, staying until Saturday, December 18.
Mark A. Davis, MD, department of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and director of the Harvard Medical International Center for Emergency Medicine, is heading the team. Other members are Charles N. Pozner, MD, director, prehospital care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Eric Legome, MD, associate residency director, department of emergency medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Rick Kulkarni, MD, Resa Lewis, MD, and Vicki Noble, MD, all residents of the Harvard affiliated emergency medicine residency training program.
"As the world's developing countries modernize-which some are doing at a rapid pace--their need for more advanced emergency medical care is also growing," says Davis. "For example, the increased use of cars has resulted in more car accidents, and this has created a greater need for more advanced emergency medical care. Our goal is to help Ethiopian care givers and officials to develop the skills and the facilities to meet these emergency medicine needs now and in the future."
While in Ethiopia, the physicians will assess disaster preparedness programs. In addition, they will participate in a forum with officials from the Ethiopian medical and political communities and the World Health Organization. The forum is a first step to developing a five-year plan to transform emergency medical care in Ethiopia.
The trip is sponsored in part by the American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel, a Boston-based organization.