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Dear ENAHPA Members, Friends and Supporters,
As we enter the holiday season and close the year 2005,
I thank you for your continued support and deep
commitment to the Ethiopian North American Health
Professionals Association (ENAHPA) and its mission and
vision. I wish you and your loved ones good health,
prosperity, peace and happiness in 2006. Under the
leadership of the Board of Directors, chairpersons,
committees and the general membership the year 2005 has
been very successful.
A few of ENAHPA's achievements in 2005 include:
1) The largest medical/surgical mission yet (71
delegates) visited Ethiopia in May/June 2005. The team
performed complex cardiac, neurological,
obstetric/gynecologic, video-assisted laparoscopic,
otolaryngologic and cardiac pacemaker implant surgeries
in addition to giving advanced lectures, workshops and
hands on training of medical professionals.
2) In September/October 2005 the oral and maxillofacial,
plastic and reconstructive surgery team performed many
3) In collaboration with our partners the Ethiopian
Federal Ministry of Health and the Christian Children's
Fund of Canada (CCFC), the HIV/AIDS holistic care
continued expansion under the direction of Drs. Yigeremu
Abebe and Ruth Lekassa. All Leprosy Education Research
Training (ALERT) Hospital was designated by the
Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health as a center of
excellence for training healthcare professionals in the
care of HIV/AIDS patients.
4) The inauguration of the Maternal and Child Health
Center in Awassa to serve as a
"pilot" program for the nation.
5) Through donations from individuals and organizations,
we sponsored 42 primarily HIV/AIDS orphaned children.
6) 32,400 books and journals along with large volumes of
medical equipment, instruments, supplies and
pharmaceuticals products were delivered to 6 libraries
(including Addis Ababa, Jimma and Gondar Universities).
7) The International Visiting Scholars Fellowship
program was established at the University of Toronto and
A. Bernard Ackerman Academy in New York City.
8) A partnership was formed between ENAHPA, the Canadian
Network for International Surgery (CNIS) and the
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for the
purpose of establishing dedicated obstetrical and
surgical skills learning centers in three universities
(Addis Ababa, Gondar and Jimma).
Calendar of Events for the Year 2006 Includes:
▪ February 11, 2006 to February 24, 2006: Ear,
nose and throat, skull base neurosurgery and
interventional radiology teams will travel to Ethiopia
under the leadership of Dr. Richard Wagner..
▪ Friday, April 28, 2006 and Saturday, April 29,
2006: the ENAHPA Annual Convention will convene at the
Crowne Plaza Washington Hotel in Silver
Spring, Maryland. It is our Fifth Anniversary.
▪ Saturday, May 27, 2006 to Sunday, June 11, 2006:
multidisciplinary medical/surgical mission team with
approximately 50 delegates will travel to Ethiopia.
▪ June 2006: Joint Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA)
and ENAHPA Annual
Conference in Addis Ababa will convene
concurrently with the medical/surgical mission. This
event is primarily sponsored by ENAHPA and the
University of Alberta.
▪ International Visiting Scholars Fellowship
program will expand to other universities such as
Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
▪ Forging a partnership with the Clinton Foundation
for the pediatric arm of the
Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, ENAHPA and
CCFC HIV/AIDS Care
As we usher in the year 2006, let us all individually
and collectively reach out in giving hope to our sisters
and brothers in Ethiopia, Africa and the global society
for the need is profound and there is much more to do.
Again, my gratitude to all who extended their hands and
helped ENAHPA make 2005 another very successful year.
"Together we can make a difference".
Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!
Ingida Asfaw, MD
Ingida Asfaw, M.D., F.A.C.S.
44555 Woodward Ave. Suite 307