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The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) with financial support from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation Provides medical equipment to 5 conflict-affected hospitals in the Tigray region.

On the handover occasion held on 3 January 2024 in Mekelle at Zemarias Hotel, the Executive Director of EPHA Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen stated that a variety of medical equipment worth ETB 6 million has been supported to highly affected areas.

He added that a few months ago, a team from EPHA was sent to the region for a quick assessment of urgent needs, and with the help of the Tigray Health Bureau 5 hospitals namely; Adiadero; Selehleha, Endabaguna, MayAyni and Suhul were selected. Based on the assessment EPHA provided medical equipment which are vital to address maternal and children's health.

The head of the treatment and rehabilitation process of the Tigray Health Bureau Dr. Simon G/Tsadik, in his part said, that due to the destruction of 80% of Tigray's health centers during the war, the death of people has increased over time because of the lack of utilities and medicine. He used this opportunity to call up other institutions to follow in the footsteps of the EPHA to reach the wide demand of the region.
At the event, nearly ETB 400,000 worth of contraceptives and related reproductive health commodities were donated to the Regional Health Bureau office from the Consortium of Reproductive Health Associations (CORHA). Mr. Abebe Kebede, CORHA’s Executive Director handed the materials over to Dr. Simon G/Tsadik. It was noted that the donation is vital and timely to address the urgent contraceptive demand in the region 

On the occasion, the Tigray region EPHA Chapter, which was inactive due to the situation in Tigray, has also been launched in a new form.

Late last year EPHA with the support from Tigray Regional Health Bureau has formed the region EPHA chapter which consists of five executive committee members were formed through election and Professor Afework Mulugeta from Mekelle University was assigned as a chair of the Executive committee. It was reported that the regional chapter has more than 400 members.
The Chapter office in collaboration with the regional health bureau will continue to work closely with EPHA to address the health professionals’ challenges.
During the chapter launching ceremony, based on the presentation by Dr. Yusuf Abdu Members Affairs and Networking coordinator, there was an open discussion on the future directions of focus.