A joint medical training delegation with teams from Magen David (MDA) and three Israeli hospitals travelled to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia this week, in order to share knowledge with the local medical teams. The medical delegation travelled to Addis Ababa as part of a team organized by the Israeli Health Ministry, the Foreign affairs Ministry, the UN’s World Food Program, and the Ethiopian Health Ministry. It includes MDA paramedic Eldar Malka, alongside a nurse and emergency medicine specialists from Poriya, Galil, and Hillel Yafe Hospitals.
During the collaborative mission, the delegates will present practical and educational workshops to the 26 doctors and nurses from hospitals in Addis Ababa in order to improve the treatment of trauma patients who present at the hospitals. Over 6 days, the local medical teams will have a series of lectures, simulations, trauma scenario drills, and use of advanced medical equipment in order to practice their knowledge and skills. They will also meet with local health ministry officials.
“This mission is of vital importance,” says MDA Paramedic Eldar Malka. “There are a large number of trauma victims in Ethiopia, many of them due to shootings and car accidents. All the members of the delegation are experts in emergency medicine – something that helps us impart our theoretical and practical knowledge to the local teams in the best possible way. It is a great privilege to be here, and to give of our knowledge and experience as MDA teams.”