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Organizational peer support to enable rehabilitating surgical services in Northern Ethiopia

Kebede, Meskerem, Beyene, Andualem, Kedir, Nurhusen, Abegaz, Bethelhem and Friebel, Rocco ORCID: 0000-0003-1256-9096 (2023) Organizational peer support to enable rehabilitating surgical services in Northern Ethiopia. BMJ, 17 (1). ISSN 0959-8146

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Identification Number: 10.1186/s13031-023-00515-y


The ongoing violent conflict in Northern Ethiopia has caused displacement, death, and destruction. Health services infrastructure became one of the primary victims of the war, leaving millions unable to access essential surgical health services at a time when demand for surgical interventions is on the rise. Rehabilitating surgical services was identified as a priority by the federal government, regional health bureaus, and humanitarian organizations, forming an integral part in rebuilding communities after war. Under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, a hospital twinning program between providers in non-conflict and conflict affected areas was first introduced in December 2021, now including 13 active partnerships. The program builds on a previous best practice gained from the Ethiopian Hospital Alliance for Quality to strengthen local health care providers in regaining capabilities to serve local populations. Field experience of two hospital twinning projects have shown significant scope of organizational peer support at times of crisis, successfully enabling conflict-afflicted hospitals to regain the capacity necessary to re-introduce surgical services. While overcoming challenges such as lack of basic supplies including electricity and blood may be required to further increase the scope of this program in Northern Ethiopia, relative success highlights important lessons for similar approaches in areas affected by conflict, or natural disasters.

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Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2023 15:30
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2024 20:48

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