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Addis Ababa, – This week, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Tim Stein, Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tadesse, State Minister of Social Affairs Ayelech Eshete, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control Ethiopia Tuberculosis Specialist Dr. Welebo Beniam are attending the National Tuberculosis (TB) Research Conference in Gondar. The conference has been organized by the Ministry of Health, Amhara Regional Health Bureau, University of Gondar, and other partners, and will culminate by marking World TB Day on Friday, March 24.
Each year, heads of agencies such as USAID, the World Health Organization, the Africa Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as well as other scientists, researchers, and ministers of health assemble to discuss the latest research findings, plan for improvements in the systemic interventions for TB, and reaffirm the partnership to end the disease. This year’s world TB Day commemoration theme is, “Yes. We can End TB.” Over the past two decades, the United States Government has worked with the ministry of health and other partners in Ethiopia to fight TB. As a result, more than 2.3 million lives have been saved, and TB cases have dropped by 70 percent.
Ethiopia has set a goal to end TB by 2030, and the American people are committed to support this vision, noting three important milestones. First, with an increased investment in detection, by 2030 the number of overall cases will be reduced by 35 percent. Secondly, with cutting edge medicines and treatment, 50 percent more TB patients’ lives will be saved. Finally, 90 percent of all TB cases across Ethiopia will be detected, treated, and cured.
In 2022 alone, USAID provided more than $1.8 billion dollars in development and humanitarian aid to Ethiopia. To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook and Twitter.
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It is very interesting to note that the current University of Gondar, was established in 1954 as Gondar Medical College on the agreement signed between Ethiopia and the USA government. It is also the oldest medical school n the country. The footprints of US support and collaboration with Ethiopia are still clearly visible to this day. Ethiopia was very lucky then to have great diplomats like PM Aklilu Habtewold. Emperor Haile Selassie himself was a great diplomat even in his old age. The current Haramaya University was also established with the support and technical assistance of Oklahoma State University for which Emperor Haile Selassie was a tireless advocate and ambassador par excellence.
Wind up the clock 70 years later, and you have the likes of adanech Abebe and shimeles abdissa who use empty jingoism, demagoguery and ethnic politicization to forcefully mobilize innocent Ethiopian citizens to do mass protests against the West, and to villanize the US in particular for their oromumma politics. The track record of the abiy regime and his prosperity party members, cadres and sycophants, especially their well,documented human rights violations of the defenseless people in Amhara, Tigrai, Afar and now in Southern Ethiopia will not be covered up, glossed over and stay hidden. These individuals will face the long arm of the law in due time.
The friendship of the US and Ethiopia will only get stronger, especially once the Abiy regime and his pp sycophants and cadres go away for good.
In Amhara, Tigray…. should read as In Amhara, so called oromia…….