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Her passion and skills have saved over 10,000 babies in Ethiopia and even caught the attention of Bill Gates!

Monday, 11 August 2014

/ by Sajjad Sarwar
The tech pioneer and world philanthropist was joined by young adult author and YouTube star John Green on a recent trip to Ethiopia. John Green went to Ethiopia to learn about an amazing woman by the name of Dr. Mulualem Gessesse.
Dr. Mulualem Gessesse is a pioneering neonatologist who has spearheaded the establishment of four new neonatology centers in government hospitals in Addis Ababa over the last six years and developed training programs and curricula to train health professionals and nursing students in neonatal health promotion, saving over 10,000 newborn lives in the course of the last six years.
In the video below you will be able to take a glimpse of her amazing work:
Dr. Mulualem has faced challenges in her work for a number of reasons. First, she has found a lack of flexibility in making room for needed changes and a lack of integrity. Second, she’s faced doubt because she is a woman and because she received her medical training in a socialist country, even though Cuba has one of the best medical programs in the world, with infant mortality at just 4 per 1000, lower than in the United States. People often assume she works for personal gain, not realizing that at times she has used her own resources to achieve her goals. And of course the bureaucracy, the lack of transparency, and the absence of a good system for work make progress complicated; there is still a problem at the leadership level.

But the situation is improving. With the willing collaboration of the Federal Ministry of Health, the International Fund for Africa, the Addis Ababa Health Bureau and the CEO’s and management teams of each hospital involved, Dr. Mulualem and her colleagues have been able to create four new neonatology units in Addis Ababa government hospitals, trained over 100 nurses, and saved the lives of more than 10,000 newborns in just six years. Dr. Mulualem dreams of designing and starting a two and a half year BSC curriculum for nurses here in Ethiopia to become specialists in neonatal health. (Ethiopian Women Unleashed)
Thankfully Green teamed up with a fellow Good Samaritan like Bill Gates to help this amazing work and her great desire to keep more and more babies alive!

Credits: vlogbrothers

Share her excellent work and her great passion with others in order to bring awareness that when there is will there are always good results!

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