International Fund for Africa
Issue: XXXIX       
May, 2013
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
Ethiopian Ministry of Health Provides Letters of Support to IFA
IFA Co-founders Interviewed by The Reporter
IFA President Anteneh Roba Co-Hosts Vegan Radio Show
Tsedaye Bezabeh, MD, Joins IFA as Program & Network Development Director
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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.




Ethiopian Ministry of Health
Provides Letters of Support to IFA

The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Ethiopia has fulfilled its promise to assist IFA by writing letters of support to U.S.-based medical institutions, Ethiopian Airlines, and other organizations endorsing IFA's programs and supporting our requests for special consideration and assistance. In particular, the Ministry of Health highlighted IFA's current and future endeavors to bring medical health professionals from countries such as the U.S. to Ethiopia, where they will teach and train Ethiopian doctors and nurses. The letters also detail IFA's medical contributions of life-saving neonatal equipment and rural medical care, stating that these efforts by IFA "are in line with the MOH's national objectives" to build a more advanced system of public healthcare in the country of Ethiopia.


These letters provide crucial governmental support to IFA allowing the organization to increase its healthcare services in Africa through effective and sustainable methods. Through the MOH's explicit endorsement of IFA's activities and its promise to provide financial and logistical assistance whenever possible, IFA will be able to bring greater numbers of highly qualified U.S. doctors to train medical professionals in Ethiopia.


IFA Co-founders Interviewed by The Reporter

The Reporter, a prestigious newspaper published daily in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, recently interviewed IFA co-founders Anteneh Roba and Seble Nebiyeloul about their work. The IFA co-founders pointed to the variety of projects they have completed in Ethiopia since 2007, stressing the many challenges IFA has faced in providing vital services to the people of the country. Providing constructive criticism of the country's institutions, they stressed the necessity of the government's active support in providing NGOs and other service-related organizations with the means and opportunities to assist Ethiopians in need.


The interview was given in the Ethiopian language of Amharic: The Ethiopian Edition of The Reporter.


IFA President Anteneh Roba Co-Hosts Vegan Radio Show

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, IFA President Anteneh Roba spoke on Go Vegan Radio KPFT 90.1 FM. The Houston radio station aired the show at 8:00 pm Central Time, with Dr. Roba speaking from 8:32 pm until 9:00 pm. His segment focused on the upcoming projects IFA will be working on to help non-human animals in Africa. Specifically, Dr. Roba highlighted IFA's plans to start a clinic for dogs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and his acceptance of an invitation by the leaders of a Maasai community in Kenya to speak about the benefits of veganism.


Hear more about IFA's projects, outlined during the second half of the interview.


Tsedaye Bezabeh, MD, Joins IFA as
Program & Network Development Director

IFA is proud to announce that Tsedaye Bezabeh, MD, has accepted the position of Program & Network Development Director of IFA. Dr. Bezabeh, a healthcare professional with over 20 years of professional experience working on health care, education, and community development in Ethiopia and the United States, brings a set of invaluable skills and experiences to the organization. After receiving her medical degree from the medical faculty of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Bezabeh completed her specialty training in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in New York State, USA.


Her expertise in medicine, coupled with her skills in institutional strengthening and capacity building, has equipped her to become a holistic healthcare professional perfectly suited for directing IFA programs. Bezabeh's professional interests focus on creating monitoring and evaluation tools suitable for low income settings, conducting operational research to assess quality gaps in the healthcare system, and implementing innovative programs to meet these gaps. She has been directly involved in numerous innovative projects, including:

  • The preparation of a new curriculum which was recently adopted by emerging medical schools in Ethiopia as a solution to the shortage of physicians;
  • The creation of screening tools for non-communicable diseases for urban health extension workers; and
  • The development and implementation of a nationwide training program in Health Information Management in 15 Health Science colleges in Ethiopia.


IFA is excited to have Dr. Bezabeh join the IFA team. The team looks forward to the great work that will be accomplished in Ethiopia.