International Fund for Africa
Issue: XXXVIII       
April, 2013
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
IFA Welcomes New Volunteer Anne Stewart
New Minister of Health of Ethiopia Supports IFA's Endeavors
IFA Continues Donations to Yekatit 12 Hospital
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September 12-15, 2013

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at the International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg.

 

 

September 27-29, 2013

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at the International Vegan Festival at Sthitaprajna Vegan Centre, Byndoor, Karnataka, India.

 

 

 


IFA Welcomes New Volunteer Anne Stewart

After expanding our facilities, IFA has been searching for a new volunteer to staff the office in Addis Ababa. In March 2013, Anne Stewart joined our team to fill this need. Experienced in providing both healthcare and education, she will be a valuable asset to IFA.

Read about Anne and why she chose IFA:

 

I joined International Fund for Africa (IFA) as a health volunteer in March 2013. I have a background in nursing and midwifery, although my passion and experience predominantly lies within the field of maternal and neonatal health.

 

I lived and worked in Kenya and Malawi for almost ten years between 1987 and 1997, returning to the UK to complete an MBA in 'Health Population and Nutrition in Developing Countries'.

 

I have trained as both an adult and child educator and really enjoy teaching. This has ranged from pre-school children in Kenya and Malawi to student midwives in Malawi and the UK, and more recently to antenatal couples having their first baby in the UK.

 

As an IFA health volunteer I believe I am part of an organization that makes a difference in peoples' lives. I believe fervently in the right of all women to live in an environment that enables safe pregnancy and birth. Women and babies should not be dying or experiencing unnecessary morbidity as a result of inadequate health care provision. My hope is that through IFA I will be involved in making a difference, no matter how small.

 

New Minister of Health of Ethiopia Supports IFA's Endeavors

In early April 2013, Hon. Minister Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu met with IFA president Anteneh Roba and COO Seble Nebiyeloul, as well as the medical director of Yekatit Hospital and the head of the Yekatit 12 Hospital OB/GYN department. The minister pledged his full support for IFA's work in Ethiopia, and will write letters of recommendation on IFA's behalf. He also agreed to assist in the creation of an exchange program between Ethiopian and American medical schools. This critical work on IFA's behalf will move forward the projects the organization has been continuously working on in the country.

 

IFA Continues Donations to Yekatit 12 Hospital

With the proper care and resources, newborn infants have an excellent chance of growing into healthy children and adults. Yet many of the infants born in and around Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, lack the simplest of items they need to survive their first days in this world. IFA has in the past donated crucial medical supplies and equipment, such as incubators, to Yekatit 12 Hospital's neonatal division. We have continued these donations over the years, as new needs arise. This past April, IFA donated head caps and clothing for the infants being cared for at the hospital. When the Yekatit 12's neonatal unit has a shortage of this vital clothing, infants suffer from hypothermia, and eventually, death. By making ourselves aware of the constant and ever-changing needs of medical patients and suffering individuals in Africa, IFA is able to draw upon the gifts of our generous donors to provide the best care possible to these infants, and to all those who are in need.