By: Melaku Negussie

We are working hard to organize the historic annual membership meeting in Addis Ababa on June 26-28, 2014. The first two days will offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) for participants, which will include our members as well as local physicians. Federal Minister of Health, His Excellency Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu will open the 2-day CME. We plan to have a closing speaker for the CME, which we will announce once confirmed.

By: Melaku Negussie

We wanted to update you regarding recent activities as well us upcoming events:

1. GE — GE is now officially a Technology Solutions Partner with us. This brings with it several benefits to us for free, such as: (1) Medical equipment planning services); (2) peer review of architectural and engineering designs; (3) patient modeling services; (4) Hospital technology partners services (bill of quantity, etc.), and many more. In addition, we are discussing with GE regarding assistance with respect to the cancer center radiation equipment.

By Melaku Negussie & Tesfaye Fanta

We have several exciting new developments to share with you.

1. Regional Cancer Center of Excellence: Ethio-America Doctors Group, Inc. (“EADG”) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (“IGAD”) (http://igad.int) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) for the purpose of establishing the first Regional Cancer Center of Excellence to avail the people in the IGAD countries international level of cancer prevention, care and treatment. IGAD is an 8-country block in the East and the Horn of Africa that focuses on health, development, trade and investment, and the environment. EADG and IGAD will use all of their combined resources to establish a Regional Cancer Center of Excellence to serve the people in the region as a public-private partnership to prevent cancer and detect existing cancers earlier; to realize economic benefits from controlling and/or eradicating cancer; to educate and train future cancer caregivers to build capacity in the region;

By Gebreselassie Nida

Tesfaye Fanta and Girma Tefera went to Ethiopia in November to tend to personal matters. We are grateful that they were able to accomplish several important tasks for EADG:

1.     Girma &SenaitFisseha met with about 20-25 prominent local physicians and discussed EADG’s objectives, how we can collaborate going forward and, also, to make it clear that we are open for local physicians to join us. It was a highly productive meeting and the dialogue will continue with our members who are in Ethiopia leading the effort.

By Gebreselassie Nida

Based on survey results of members who attended the last Annual Meeting, EADG's Board has decided to hold the 2014 annual meeting in Addis Ababa from June 25-28, 2014. This is an exciting development: we will be on the ground to showcase our project and to mobilize other stakeholders in Ethiopia to enable us to accomplish our core mission: we will meet with government officials, potential investors, the local medical associations and groups, the international community and, also, witness the ground breaking of our project!

By Melaku Negussie

I just returned from a one-week trip to Addis Ababa. I was accompanied by Willy Schlein, EADG's US-based architect. Overall, we had a very successful trip. Here is a brief update: 

(1) We have started the geotechnical (civil, hydrological, soil, seismic, etc.) surveying of the land. We inspected the work being done by the Ethiopian geotechnical firm we hired. Our land is now fenced in and we have guards stationed.