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Gondar University Hospital and I-TECH Celebrate Renovation

At Gondar University Hospital, in northern Ethiopia, I-TECH has coordinated the construction of a new tuberculosis ward that allows TB patients to be isolated and treated in a state-of-the-art facility. Designed and constructed in close collaboration with the University of Gondar and the regional and national agencies leading TB treatment strategy in Ethiopia, the new ward was officially inaugurated on 22 April.

With estimated tuberculosis (TB) incidence rates as high as 378 cases per 100,000 people in Ethiopia,*  preventing the spread of the disease at public hospitals is a major concern. International guidelines recommend that patients with TB, especially in settings of high HIV prevalence, be isolated from the general hospital population while receiving treatment. However in many under-resourced hospitals there is not sufficient ward space to accommodate this separation.

At Gondar University Hospital, in northern Ethiopia, I-TECH has coordinated the construction of a new TB ward that allows TB patients to be isolated and treated in a state-of-the-art facility. Designed and constructed in close collaboration with the University of Gondar and the regional and national agencies leading TB treatment strategy in Ethiopia, the new ward was officially inaugurated on 22 April.

The new space, which was built to globally recognized standards for TB care, will also serve as a training site for Gondar University’s medical students. The ward was inaugurated with an intensive two-day tuberculosis symposium held at the hospital. The event, hosted by the University of Gondar medical school, focused on TB prevention and control in resource-limited settings, and brought together over 450 participants, including international experts on tuberculosis and leaders from Ethiopia’s ministry of health, public hospitals, and regional health bureaus.

The new ward will be integrated into the regular management structure of the Gondar University Hospital, while I-TECH will continue to support the strengthening of clinical systems at all the public hospitals in the region.

 

 *World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Report 2009

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