Ethio-American Partnership to Build New Hospital


New hospital to be constructed in CMC area of Addis Abeba aims to improve healthcare in capital




Girma Tefera (PhD) (left), vice president of EADC, Henok G. Zabher (Asst Prof), middle, vice president of the group and Yonas Legese (MD), representative of the group in Europe.

A group of architects from the United States will arrive in Ethiopia this week to carry out the groundwork for the design of a new hospital, to be built in Addis Abeba by the Ethio-American Doctors Group (EADG).

The construction of the hospital, which will rest on 30,000sqm of land around CMC, is estimated to cost 800 million Br, said Girma Tefera, vice president of the EADG, at the ceremony organised by the group on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at the Hilton Hotel.

The hospital will have 27 medical specialties, including; heart, kidney and paediatrics, when completed at the end of 2016.

Although the hospital will not have any specialities new to the country, its establishment will have a bigger impact on the current condition of medical care in the country, said Girma.

The hospital will also encompass a research centre and medical school, according to a press release issued by the group.

EADG, which grew out of discussions among a group of 15 physicians of Ethiopian origin practicing in the United States in early 2011, is trying to gather funds from its members, as well as from foreign investors.

The members of the group have now reached 150, a year after its establishment. Three bone specialists, 12 nephrologists (kidney) and five cardiologists are registered members.

We are only in the process of collecting financing from our members, said Girma. The task of attracting foreign investors will be done after securing at least half of the project costs from our members, he told Fortune.

The architects visiting the capital will tour various hospitals, before selecting an architecture firm to assist with the design, according to Girma.

The Group decided to use foreign architects for the design of the hospital, in order to fulfil the requirements of the Joint Commotion International (JCI), an organisation established in 1951 to accredit health organisation in the United States.

The hospital will be built in two phases, with 110 beds planned in the first phase, expected to be completed in 2014. The remaining 200 beds will then be finished by 2016, according to Girma.

Once completed, the hospital will hire 50 permanent and 250 temporary staff.



By MELKEAM ASCHALEW
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

Published on Feb 24, 2013 [ Vol 13 ,No 669]


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