AgapeMED 2018 Medical Mission Report
Activity: AgapeMED 2018 Annual Medical, Surgical and Dental Mission
Mission dates: April 12th-April 16th 2018
Place: Holeta is a town and separate woreda in central Ethiopia Located in the Oromia Special Zone Surrounding Finfine of the Oromia Region, it has a latitude and longitude of 9°3′N 38°30′E and an altitude of 2391 meters above sea level.
In Cooperation With: CMDDF (Christian Medical Doctors and Dentist Fellowship), These doctors are living in Ethiopia, who has been working together with AgapeMED since 2015.
Beneficiaries: People who lives in Holeta and nearby towns.
AgapeMED is a Ministry of Ethiopian Evangelical Church in MN, one of its goals is to travel to Ethiopia annually and serve underprivileged people due to low income and lack of healthcare access. This year AgapeMED successfully conducted its medical, surgical, eye and dental mission from April 12th -16th in Holeta Health Center.
The medical team was composed of 45-50 doctors, nurses and few non-medical professionals. The target beneficiaries were the Holeta and nearby town people and their dependents that couldn’t afford to be treated in a private or government hospitals.
Prior to the medical mission, medication has been purchased, prescreening and registration was done. Since the Holeta Health Center doesn’t have major surgical setting, only minor surgeries were performed during this mission.
This mission provided free health care services, which included Minor surgery, Dental Services, ENT, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Service, and Ophthalmology. Also, many patients referred to St. Paul Hospital that is located in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Medications and reading glasses were also given away for free to the beneficiaries.
Total number of patients served
During this mission 2,800 patients were treated in different specialties. Among the 2,800 patients, 986 were treated in Internal Medicine, 1,165 in Ophthalmology, 239 in Pediatric, 161, in Dental service, 182 in Surgery, and 110 ENT services. Also teaching was done on hand hygiene, high blood pressure, diabetes and nutrition.
Story to share:
We met two brothers 21 and 19years old who were suffering from eye problem called Dense Corneal Scar on both eyes, which made them legally blind due to the severity of the disease. They were unable to see since their childhood. They have visited several health institutions but could not afford to get the treatment. During our mission they came to be checked and searching for hope. They got a chance to be screened in ophthalmology department. Doctors referred them to St. Paul Hospital that is located in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. At St. Paul Hospital the Ophthalmologist were able to do a Corneal transplant on one eye to Workneh a 21 year old young man and the prognosis will be expected in a good condition. Once Workineh operated eye totally healed they will work on the second eye. The other young man whose name is Kebede, waiting for his surgery due to inflammation on his eyes. For now he is on anti inflammatory and antibiotic medications to treat the infection. As soon as, the infection is resolved and the inflammation subsided, the surgery will be performed. AgapeMed sponsored their entire medical, surgical and financial costs until they fully recovered and able to support themselves.
Language: Most of the medical team were Amharic speaking but the dominant language in Holeta was Oromiffa. During the medical mission, there was an obvious language barrier but we were able to place at least one medical team member who can speak Oromiffa in every medical examination room. Most patients also came with a family member who can interpret for them.
Light: The room that Minor surgery was performed didn’t have adequate light. As a result, team members helped holding flashlights when needed.
Supplies: AgapeMED team has shipped full container of medical supplies and equipment a year ago. We were able to use gloves, drapes, sutures and other supplies from the container that was donated for Holeta Hospital.
Working space: The original plan to have this medical mission was in Holeta Primary Hospital. Unfortunately, the Hospital building and installation was not completely done. As a result, there was no alternative local Hospital except the Holeta Health center. The number of medical examination rooms at the Holeta Health Center were not enough to serve that many people at once, therefore, at times two doctors were examining different patients in one room with shared table. In this situation, obviously it was very difficult to maintain privacy. The room that was minor surgery performed also was not originally intended to be a surgical room. As a result, it didn’t have appropriate setup and lighting.
Donor and Sponsors
First Of All, AgapeMED would like to say thank and recognize the members of Ethiopian Evangelical Church in MN for continued financial support and participating on AgapeMED annual fundraising events. Also we would like to thank all AgapeMED volunteers for contribution and your time.
Secondly, as mentioned above AgapeMED had shipped full container of medical supplies and equipments a year ago that was donated to Holeta Primary Hospital. The container worth of half a million-dollar supplies and equipments were donated by MATTER (Hope for the City) an NGO that is found in Minnesota. AgapeMED became partner with this humanitarian organization since 2015. We are so grateful to be partner with this great organization.
Last but not list, Allina Hospital supported its employees through Global Mission fund. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Allina Global Mission fund program.