update on the big give christmas challenge 2020

Ephrem teaching palliative care in Ethiopia

Many of our supporters generously donated to our Big Give Project last December. £9,500 was raised to design a standardised palliative care training course that could be delivered across Ethiopia to a range of Health Care Professionals.

We started our project early in January 2021 but nonetheless have not been able to complete the project yet due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing difficult political situation in Ethiopia.

Ephrem Abathun (Director of Hospice Ethiopia) has worked with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and other stake holders to design the palliative care course and accompanying course material. This has been formally approved by the FMOH.

The training manual and accompanying material has now been printed. A zoom meeting is planned between Hospice Ethiopia, Hospice Ethiopia UK, and Palliative Care Works to take the project further.

 A pilot course is scheduled to be run in December 2021. Staff from the Simien Mountain Mobile Medical service will attend a 6 day course in Debark. It is hoped 2 trustees from Hospice Ethiopia UK will assist nurses from Hospice Ethiopia in delivering this training.

Following the pilot course, both the trainers and delegates will evaluate the course and adaptions will be  made accordingly, with help from the English charity, Palliative Care Works.

Many thanks again for your generous donations.

Ephrem visits the UK!

We have had a very busy and enjoyable week with the Director of Hospice Ethiopia, Ephrem in the UK. First stop was the University of Surrey for a workshop about a research project looking at using mobile phone technology to extend palliative care and symptom control to remote rural areas of Ethiopia. The rest of his stay has been in Norfolk as guests of Hospice Ethiopia UK. While here he spent a fascinating day at Priscilla Bacon Lodge (Norwich) and The Market Surgery (Aylsham), seeing first-hand how palliative care is delivered in the UK.

On Saturday, Ephrem gave an informative presentation at St John of the Cross church, Aylsham to local supporters about his tireless work to relieve the suffering of the dying in Ethiopia. The audience was much moved and over £400 was raised to aid his work.

We’ve also endeavoured to give him a flavour of life in the UK. Fish & chips at Cromer was a must – the first time he had seen the sea – as well as visits to Norwich Cathedral, Aylsham & Holt market towns. His final visit was to Aldborough Primary School, who have been loyal supporters of Hospice Ethiopia. A question & answer session stimulated some very insightful questions from the pupils.

On leaving Norfolk Ephrem said “Of all the varied experiences this week, the most memorable was visiting a patient in their own home and seeing patients at Priscilla Bacon Lodge.”

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Aylsham Rotary club donation

Aylsham Rotary club has raised an amazing £3000 to pay for Yohanna, a nurse at Hospice Ethiopia, to go to Hospice Africa Uganda in Kampala to study for her diploma in Palliative care.

Yohanna has said the following about this fantastic opportunity:

“My role as a palliative care nurse is to take greater responsibility for patient care and to become a specialist in areas such as pain management, symptom management and psychosocial support. In studying this diploma course in palliative care nursing, I hope that l will be able to make the most of these opportunities as my career develops. I anticipate that this diploma course in palliative care nursing will be the beginning of my lifelong career that will really make a difference in Hospice Ethiopia.”

Sue and Jamie attended a Rotary Club dinner in Aylsham at the Old Forge where Sue was able to update the members and guests about Hospice Ethiopia.

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January update

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We’ve just had the quarterly report (for October-December 2017) from Hospice Ethiopia director, Ephrem.  We were thrilled to read that following a visit to HE towards the end of last year,  Ethiopiaid (based in Bath, UK) has given them £28,600! More about Ethiopiaid can be found on their website: http://ethiopiaid.org.uk/

Ephrem has been awarded a bursary and confirmed that he will come to the UK (visa permitting) for a leadership  management course at the St Christopher’s Hospice from 15th-19th October. We are also hoping to arrange a clinical placement at Priscilla Bacon Lodge, Norwich for the week preceding the course Oct 6th-14th.

Sharing Experience of Global Palliative Care conference

Sue and Jamie attended a fascinating one day conference in Oxford on the 23rd September, organised by Palliative Care Works, another UK registered charity that HE UK works closely with. Two of the delegates who gave presentations had been taught by Sue and Jamie in Addis Ababa in March. Sister Emebet & Dr Aklilu have received bursaries from St Christopher’s hospice to attend their 5 day international palliative care course. Sister Emebet and Dr Aklilu gave a wonderful presentation about Ethiopia and their role in promoting palliative care in their country. bd848f98-38a6-4cd4-9677-fc38e1881715

Palliative care course at the Alert Hospital, Addis Ababa

Photo of attendees at a week’s palliative care course that Sue and Jamie Mumford ran at the Alert Hospital, Addis Ababa in March 2017. 20 doctors and nurses working in anaesthetics and emergency care received training in the ethos of palliative care, pain, and symptom control including prescribing morphine and communication skills. It is important that these health care practitioners know about palliative care to prevent patients receiving inappropriate, expensive, and invasive procedures when they are nearing the end of life. The course seemed to go down well with some great discussions. The evaluations were very enthusiastic and many requested further training for their departments and colleagues across Ethiopia.

“Sue, Jamie & Nicola. You are so special. Your learning styles, materials that you used all are interesting, so please continue this work to all over the country.”

 

The course was jointly funded by Aylsham Rotary Club and Hospice Ethiopia UK.