The Foundation has been working in the Benishangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia to create access to much needed intensive care services. The region with a population of more than 1 million lacks sufficient healthcare services.
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Construction Project in Assosa General Hospital, Ethiopia
The Foundation completed the construction of an ICU unit in Assosa General Hospital in October 2019. The project came to life after the hospital’s 2017 analysis of the hospital death records, which revealed that 57 of the 127 registered deaths, some of which were maternal, could have been avoided if the hospital had an ICU. A further maternal death audit performed in 2016/17 also revealed that a well-established ICU unit could have prevented 85% of maternal deaths, highlighting the need to build an ICU.
This project’s aim is to reduce in-hospital deaths by 44% through access to intensive care services for patients while the overall objective is to increase access to intensive care services for the population who rely on the regional hospital. The Foundation is working on the ground with Regional Heath Office, Federal Health Ministry and other stakeholders to ensure the unit is properly equipped and staffed and will offer and maintain a high level of medical care.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) project, Benishangul-Gumuz
The Foundation in partnership with another NGO established the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in three out of six hospitals in the Benishangul Gumuz region: Assosa, Pawe and Bulen. The main objective of the project is to improve access to quality Maternal New-born and Child Health (MNCH) services for mothers, new-borns and children under 17. This objective is guided by a recent health survey in which Benishangul Gumuz region registered one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the country, standing at 169 per 1000 live births while the national average is 88 per 1000. The in-hospital neonatal mortality rate has sinced reduced by 50% through improved care for at-risk new-born children.
The project has also seen the establishment of Paediatric High Dependency Units (PHDU) established in Pawe and Assosa hospitals; two Maternal Waiting Houses (MWH) refurbished in Bulen Health Centre; one New-born Corner established in Dibate Health Centre; and 496 health professionals and community health workers trained on essentials of new-born care and other tailor-made trainings.
Based on the experience gained from this partner project, the Foundation is now running an independent Heath programme in Assosa Hospital as part of the Integrated Livelihood Development Programme.