The WFH Cornerstone Initiative is increasing the capacities of healthcare professionals in Ethiopia, helping the country move towards increased access to care for those with bleeding disorders. The Cornerstone Initiative aims to provide support, expertise, and training to countries with minimal levels of accessible care for people with inherited bleeding disorders. Through this initiative, the WFH hopes to lay the foundation of basic care and build partnerships that will lead to an integrated and sustainable structure of patient support and care delivery. The ultimate goal is to move closer to the vision of Treatment for All.
A two-day national treaters workshop was organized by the WFH in collaboration with the Ethiopia Hemophilia Society (EHS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from June 6 to 7, 2017. The training brought together a total of twenty-five doctors from eight regions in the country: Gonder, Dire Dawa, Hawassa, Mekelle, Jimma, Baherdar, Harer, and Addis Ababa. The training was facilitated by Saliou Diop, MD, member of the WFH Board of Directors and the Regional Advisor for Africa, and Sherif Abdulaziz, MD, President of the EHS. Amha Gebremedhin, MD, Chair of the EHS Board, was also present at the workshop. The sessions included a general overview of recent developments in hemophilia care; the status of hemophilia care in Ethiopia; the challenges faced in the diagnosis and treatment of hemophilia; approaches to prophylaxis; and management of patients with inhibitors, among other topics.