Where We Work

 

 

Where We Work

 

 

Ethiopia

Fast Facts

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COUNTRY PROFILE

  • Population: Over 100 million
  • Partner: Yekatit 12 Hospital
  • Based in: Addis Ababa
  • Partner since: 2007

PROGRAM FOCUS

  • Yekatit 12 Hospital is Ethiopia’s only comprehensive cleft care centre
  • Services include: surgery, speech therapy, dentistry, orthodontics and social work
  • Provided care for 391 patients in 2016

RECENT SUCCESSES

  • Teamed up with Addis Ababa University to develop the first formal degree program for speech therapists. The first two cohorts of students are currently enrolled in the four-year program.
  • Delivering essential medical equipment to Yekatit 12 (thanks to our supporters!)
  • Long-time partners visited Toronto to shadow Canada’s leading cleft care professionals at SickKids Hospital

KEY CHALLENGES

  • Shame & stigma: In many Ethiopian communities, cleft is believed to be a curse. We work to address this issue through public awareness campaigns and family counselling
  • Shortage of trained speech professionals: Currently, there is only one in the whole country!

 

CANADIAN SUPPORTERS: Unifor Social Justice Fund, Blossom Foundation, Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, Toronto Earlscourt Rotary Club, Rotary Club of East York, Rotary Club of Alliston, Sisters of Charity – Halifax

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