International Fund for Africa
Issue: XXVI  April, 2012
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
IFA Donates Neonatal Equipment to an Ethiopian Hospital
IFA President Delivers Two Talks in Sweden
Neonatology Unit Hosts Ambassadors on Int'l Women's Day
Annual IFA Awards Go to Two Ethiopian Medical Researchers
Ethiopian Medical Association Certificate of Recognition
A Little Goes a Long Way
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Upcoming Events


May 1, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will be a guest on "WE ARE THE REAL 99% - THE ALL-SPECIES GENERAL ASSEMBLY," hosted by Bob Linden of Go Vegan Radio, Tuesday, May 1, 6pm - 9pm Pacific Time on


May 2, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will be a guest host on the radio program "Eco-ology" Wednesday, May 2 at 6 AM on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston, TX.


May 5, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., to speak at the 2012 Houston Africa Business Expo on IFA's work in Africa. The event will take place on May 5, 2012 in Houston, TX.


July, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., to be interviewed on The Dr. Don Show, a weekday broadcast on KZZZ 1490AM (Bullhead City, AZ) early July.


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 Donates Neonatal Equipment to an Ethiopian Hospital 


$48,000 worth of neonatal equipment delivered March 14, 2012 to Yekatit 12 Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This latest donation is part of an ongoing project to build a world class neonatal service at one of the premiere government-run hospitals in Ethiopia. This is in addition to equipment donated by IFA in January 2012 costing close to $17,000. In the last five years, International Fund for Africa has donated and supported the neonatal service at Yekatit 12 hospital to a tune of over $200,000 worth of medical equipments, uniforms, computers, projectors, etc.


The hospital is in the final stages of building a 4-story building next to the pediatric department of the hospital. One floor will be occupied by the neonatal division. Most of the equipment they will be using will have been donated by IFA.


IFA President Delivers Two Talks in Sweden   



On March 7th, IFA President and Co-Founder, Anteneh Roba M.D., delivered a talk at Lund University for university students. He followed this talk with a similar address to the general public at Malmo University on March 9, as part of their Critical Animal Studies course. Both topics of discussion centered on the problems facing human and non-human animals and Africa, specifically addressing the causes of animal suffering in Africa, and the challenges facing non-human African animals in the 21st Century.


Neonatology Unit Hosts Ambassadors on Int'l Women's Day   


On March 8, 2012, ambassadors from Australia, Cuba, Brazil, Liberia, Rwanda, Botswana and Mozambique gathered at Yekatit 12 Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to learn from the hospital's practice in the field of neonatology. Yekatit 12 has been recognized as a "best practice facility" due to the hard work of Dr. Mulualem and her staff, combined with IFA's donations and support. The institution now serves as a model for other hospitals in a multitude of countries attempting to improve medical care for infants. These ambassadors, along with IFA COO and co-founder Seble Nebiyeloul, M.H.A., met with Yekatit medical staff on International Women's Day in the hopes that their countries can mirror Ethiopia's success in lowering its infant mortality rate.


Annual IFA Awards Go to Two Ethiopian Medical Researchers



On February 24, 2012, IFA awarded two Ethiopian medical researchers with an award that highlights the commitment of medical professionals to the medical issues facing Ethiopia in the 21st century. For the fifth consecutive year, IFA's awards were featured at the annual Medical Association Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Each recipient was given a $1,000 financial award in recognition of their work.


Ethiopian Medical Association Certificate of Recognition


On February 23, 2012, IFA President and Co-Founder, Anteneh Roba M.D., was awarded a certificate of recognition by Ethiopian Medical Association for his contributions to the organization. The award was given to the recipients by the minister of Health of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom.


A Little Goes a Long Way



The enormity of the world's problems sometimes makes us feel helpless to create our own change. Gelila Woodeneh, Communication Officer of The World Bank, Africa Region, discovered how a small contribution can go a long way in saving a child's life. During IFA's Medical Mission to Zemero, Ethiopia, from February 24-March 6, 2012, the IFA medical staff detected a potentially life-threatening inguinal hernia in three-year-old Asalif. When Woodeneh volunteered to sponsor Asalif's medical treatment, he was able to get the surgery he needed to correct this serious medical condition. Read her story, below:


I love children. I've been fortunate to meet thousands of wonderful children during my travels in remote areas of Ethiopia. When I travel, I make it a point to take with me clothes, bread, pens, pencils, and notebooks to give to some of these kids. While I was happy that these items temporarily fulfilled some of their material needs, what always saddened me was that I couldn't do more to help address the biggest obstacles they were facing as a result of the extreme poverty they live in. The majority of these children are severely malnourished and also suffer from various diseases that could be easily cured with proper medical attention. Unfortunately, many of them die because their parents cannot afford to get them the medical treatment they need.


For all these reasons, I have always wanted to do my share in improving their chance of survival--but I didn't know where to start.

The opportunity to make a difference in the life of these children presented itself during IFA's most recent medical mission, to the rural town of Zemero, Ehtiopia, from February 24-March 6, 2012. I told Seble, IFA's VP, that I was interested in sponsoring a child. A day later, she informed me that there was a little boy who needed help. With just a little effort, I came to be the proud sponsor of Asalif, a chubby three-year-old boy who is the youngest of five children and lives with his family in a small village a two days' walk away from Zemero. Since birth, Asalif suffered from a potentially life-threatening condition known as inguinal hernia. Asalif and his mother were among thousands who came to Zemero seeking medical attention from IFA's team. However, due to the severity of his condition, he was referred to Addis Ababa for surgery. Asalif had a successful surgery and is now back in his village. He is fully recovered and for the first time in his life, he is enjoying doing all the activities that a healthy child his age should do. I never thought that saving the life of a child would be so easy or so cheap.


To me, sponsoring a child medically--enabling them to walk, or see, or lead a healthy life--is a great gift not only to the child and his family but to myself. Contributing towards the well-being of Asalif is an incredible reminder to me of how fortunate my kids are to have good health and access to medical care.


If you have considered sponsoring a child's medical treatment but think that you cannot afford it or don't have all the funds, think again! How much does it cost to save the life of a three-year-old boy? Less than the price of a pair of shoes! The satisfaction I got from knowing that my sponsorship saved his life? Priceless!


--Gelila Woodeneh
Communication Officer
The World Bank, Africa Region