International Fund for Africa
Issue: XXIV  February, 2012
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
IFA Supports Surgical Training Program
Dr. Anteneh Roba Speaks at Boston University
Dr. Hope Ferdowsian Presents at Medical Conference
IFA's Fifth Annual Award for Medical Research
Miracle Kitten Thrives
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Upcoming Events


March 6-9, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at Lund University, Lund, Sweden as part of the Critical Animal Studies: Animals in Society, Culture and the Media program being introduced at Lund University in spring of 2012.


August 2-5, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at the Animal Rights 2012 National Conference in Washington, DC. IFA will also have an exhibit at the conference.

September 13-16, 2012

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


Fall, 2012

International Fund for Africa is sponsoring a medical mission to Zemero, Ethiopia.



IFA Supports Surgical Training Program



From January 16-27, 2012, a team of six veterinary doctors from the USA provided a series of demonstrations to the students and faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine of the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of Jimma University in Jimma, Ethiopia. The training was supported by International Fund for Africa (IFA) and coordinated by Mihreteab Bekele, DVM, MSC, Assistant Professor at the university. The local students and faculty were taught correct modern surgical techniques and procedures for the spaying and neutering of small animals and the administration of anesthesia-particularly for dogs and cats. The U.S.-based team was composed of veterinary doctors from around the country, and led by Susan Monger DVM, International Director of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Field Services (HSVMA-FS). This second annual event fostered the implementation of modern surgical techniques in the work of faculty and students at the veterinary school at Jimma University, and the school curriculum.



Dr. Anteneh Roba Speaks at Boston University



On February 9, 2012 IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., spoke to African Student Association members at Boston University about IFA's mission and projects. The talk and following discussions revolved around IFA's initiatives in rural health care and development, climate change, the growth of the human population, and reducing poverty and hunger in Africa.


Dr. Hope Ferdowsian Presents at Medical Conference



The Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA) celebrated its Golden Jubilee at the 48th Annual Medical Conference on February 23-24, 2012, at the UNECA conference center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The topic of the conference, "Non-Communicable Diseases," included a great variety of discussions and presentations. Dr. Hope Ferdowsian, Assistant Clinical Professor of the Department of Medicine at George Washington and board member of International Fund for Africa, gave a lecture titled "Prevention: Aspects of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease," which detailed the different ways to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


IFA's Fifth Annual Award for Medical Research



February 24, IFA once again hosted its awards ceremony during the Ethiopian Medical Association Conference in Addis Ababa. Two awards were given to Ethiopian researchers whose work has significantly advanced the study of disease and other afflictions in Africa. In addition to being honored at the event, each researcher also received a financial award of $1,000.


Miracle Kitten Thrives



"Miracle," the little kitten brought to us after being hit by a car on October 8, 2011, has cheated death, thanks to the unbounded, unlimited love given to her by her foster mom, Melanie Blake, and her family. After intensive surgery, Miracle suffered through what seemed like unending bouts of fever, diarrhea, decreased appetite and other, more serious problems that resulted in frequent hospital admissions and intravenous fluid therapy. Finally, and with the help of local Houstonians, the little girl has come around to acting like a normal, healthy kitten, eating well, purring, stretching, and becoming ever more playful. The only problem is that during her recuperation she became so attached to her foster mom, Melanie, that when not held, she would cry. From the beginning, their bond has been unshakable. Unfortunately, because of circumstances beyond Melanie's control, she was not able to adopt Miracle herself. Because the little kitten's medical condition remains unclear and she is still on a lot of antibiotics, we took her to Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. Hopefully, after receiving a clean bill of health, Miracle can return to her true home, Houston, and settle down permanently with her new mom, Melanie.


Anteneh Roba, President of International Fund for Africa