June 20, 2011, Gondar – Ethiopian Minister of Health, Dr. Tewodros Adhanom, and Country Director of the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-Ethiopia), Dr. Thomas Kenyon, today broke ground on the construction of a new comprehensive outpatient clinic at Gondar University Hospital, Gondar. Upon completion of the construction, the University Hospital will have a new, comprehensive state-of-the-art facility dedicated to Antiretroviral (ART) patients so they may receive the same care and support as non-ART patients.
The people of the United States, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), have committed US$6.8 million for the construction of this new 6,700 square meter Comprehensive Outpatient Clinic. CDC-Ethiopia will manage the construction of this facility over the next two years.
Infectious and communicable diseases account for about 60 – 80% of the health problems in Ethiopia and approximately 70% of adult mortality was related to infectious diseases at the Gondar University Hospital. The hospital currently serves a population area of five million. The outpatient clinics receive nearly 100,000 patient visits and there are more than 11,000 admissions (with approximately 6,000 surgeries and 2,000 deliveries) every year. As of March 31, 2011, about 9,019 patients have enrolled in HIV care with 6,022 clients on anti retroviral treatment. The University Hospital serves as a leading referral center in North-West Ethiopia. As a teaching hospital and research center, it is also responsible for educating health professionals throughout the country.
The new Comprehensive Outpatient Clinic is designed in accordance with international building codes and best practices in construction. It will support health services in district hospitals, health centers and health posts throughout the region. In addition, the new center will provide clinical care, pre-service and in-service education – training healthcare workers in the prevention and management of HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases. It will also serve as a training site for pharmacy, radiology and laboratory services, and as an emergency care center for the region.
The construction of the Comprehensive Outpatient Clinic is expected to be finalized by July 2013.
Source: US Embassy Press release