In March Alwyn Abraham, Tricia Allen, Dean Birch and Richard Power visited Gondar in Northwest Ethiopia on a fact-finding mission to explore the possibility of setting up a long-term T&O Partnership with the Gondar University Hospital. They were accompanied by Tim Beacon who runs Medical Aid International, a Social Enterprise whose main activity is providing surgical equipment to the Developing World – primarily African countries.
Gondar is a city with a population similar to that of Leicester. It is home to the University of Gondar Hospital and Medical school, the oldest in Ethiopia. It provides medical care for a population of approximately 7,000,000 people spread over a remote rural area approximately 150 miles in diameter. Currently the only trauma care is provided by General Surgical Residents supervised by a single Orthopaedic Consultant. There is no dedicated Orthopaedic Trauma Theatre.