Recently a group of 23 volunteers visited Ethiopia on a medical and surgical mission which was conducted by Global Medical Foundation. Ethiopia is situated in the horn of Africa. There official language is Amharic and they follow the Julian calendar which has 12 months of 30 days and 5 or 6 days in the 13th month and this leaves them about 7 years behind from the Gregorian calendar we are used to. The main occupation is agriculture and more than 50% of Ethiopians live in poverty. Ethiopia is one of the oldest known places in history. Our mission was in Butajira, a village about 130 kms south of the capital Addis Ababa. It was about a 3 hour road trip and was picturesque. The landscape was rugged with mountains and dry land and scattered acacia trees. Vehicles and villagers herding donkeys and cows with hay on their backs and children waving at passing vehicles shared the highway. There were markets where animals are traded alongside these highways. This had a very similar feel to India. There were plenty of bajaj’s on the road or auto rickshaws as one would call it in India and horse drawn carts. I found the Ethiopians to be very friendly and humble. The Butajira Zonal Hospital which was our base had very basic facilities. Hats off to the doctors and staff who are doing a wonderful job with limited resources. The waiting area in the hospital for patients was a makeshift canopy outside and although a public hospital, patients were expected to pay for the consultations and medications. More...
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