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Ethiopia

Country Profile

  • Population - 110,135,635
  • Average life expectancy at birth male/female - 64/67 years
  • % Urban population - 20.8%
  • GDP per capita (PPP) - $2,100
  • Health spending as % GDP - 4.9%
  • Human Development index - .0396
  • Education expenditure as % GDP - 4.5%
  • WHO/Sustainable development goal report cards
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What are we doing

Strengthening capacity of the health workforce in health and family support services.

Our goal

To improve health and family support services provided by St Mary’s Catholic Hospital in Dubbo. Ultimately, striving to help Ethiopia meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Partners

St Mary’s Catholic Primary Hospital, Dubbo

St Mary's is a 100-bed Catholic hospital providing medical, surgical, paediatric and maternity services to the local community of 100,000 people. The Sisters assumed full responsibility for the hospital for a three-year period in a memorandum of understanding with the local Catholic diocese.  As well as providing significant financial support, we partner with the Sisters to strengthen the hospital’s governance and management systems and to improve clinical standards.

Current Projects

Health Leadership and Governance

Our contributions strengthen the hospital’s governance through oversight by an independent board, chaired by Dr Michael Walsh, Chief Executive of Cabrini Health Australia. We actively participate alongside the community, hospital staff and the Cabrini Sisters to develop and implement a strategic plan.

Capital Renewal

Hospital Cafeteria Kitchen

Cabrini Outreach contributed funds to construct a new cafeteria kitchen for St Mary’s.  The old kitchen was a corrugated iron structure with no water connection.  There was poor ventilation and a small chimney.  Through the construction of the new kitchen, the working environment for the cooks has been improved.  There is improved hygiene of food preparation and the need to use expensive wood for fire is gone.

Ambulance Purchase

There are instances where St Mary’s is not equipped to handle certain emergencies.  For example, maternal complications can occur like a ruptured uterus with haemorrhage or an emergent requirement of blood transfusions for the severely anaemic where the need to transport patients quickly to the nearest referral hospital arises.  Prior to Cabrini Outreach’s contributions, staff would transport patients in older vehicles that were run down from poor road conditions.  They now have an always-ready, roadworthy vehicle that can transport patients to Soddo for higher-level emergency treatment to save lives and minimise trauma.