International Fund for Africa
Issue: LXXIX              
September, 2016
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
A New Year Begins for the School Health and Nutrition Program

Anteneh Roba, MD, and Seble Nebiyeloul, MHA, Interviewed by The Reporter

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A New Year Begins for the School Health and Nutrition Program


The new academic year in Ethiopia has just started and IFA warmly welcomes back all of its students after a two-month break. The school menu has been revised following the feedback we received from students, parents and teachers during the previous academic year. The composition and nutritional value of all our school meals have been reviewed by a nutritionist and our aim is to provide a variety of tasty meals that supply up to 70-80% of each child's daily calorie requirement. Anyone who visits our SSHN Program is invited to taste the food as we are confident that all meals are prepared to the highest standards and are delicious to eat.


During the previous academic year, IFA provided 500 students with one highly nutritious plant-based meal per school day. This academic year we have decided to provide breakfast as well as lunch for the same number of students. Teachers requested this addition to our SSHN Program because many students were coming to school without eating breakfast. As a result, they were sleepy and not fully concentrating during morning classes. This was particularly evident with the kindergarten children in our program. This year, IFA will continue to develop and expand its School Eye Health and Menstrual Hygiene projects within its SSHN Program, as well.


Anteneh Roba, MD, and Seble Nebiyeloul, MHA, Interviewed by The Reporter

Dr. Anteneh Roba


On September 17th, 2016, IFA members Anteneh Roba and Seble Nebiyeloul were interviewed by Mihret Moges of the Ethiopian Reporter about their efforts to improve healthcare services for children through IFA and the cutting-edge medical procedures that define Zinnia, their Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medical clinic based in the U.S. and now operating with a branch in Addis Ababa. Roba described the treatments offered at Zinnia, focusing on the spread of obesity as an international problem faced by the U.S., Ethiopia, and many other countries. As Nebiyeloul explains, the decision to open a branch of the clinic in Ethiopia was made, in large part, to provide "much needed medical services that are not readily available in the country, as well as to bring new and cutting edge medical technology into Ethiopia."


The Reporter interview also offered Roba and Nebiyeloul the opportunity to showcase the services IFA has been able to provide to those most in need. They traced the trajectory of IFA's work in Ethiopia from the founding of the first neonatal unit in Addis Ababa in 2009 to the initiation of the School Health and Nutrition Program, which now feeds 600 poor school children every day in communities just outside of Addis Ababa.


To read a transcript of the interview, visit The Reporter's Website