Stories: Ethiopia

  • If You Have a Meeting in Ethiopia, You’d Better Double Check the Time

    Things always get lost in translation. Sometimes, words or phrases just cannot be converted word-for-word from one language to the next. But in most places, the date and the time works pretty much the same all over the world. Not in Ethiopia. There, it’s currently the end of the fifth month of 2007. It isn’t so...

  • The Afterbirth Miracle

    It’s late June, but it’s chilly in Asella, Ethiopia—the city is higher in altitude than Denver—and the patients in the hospital are wrapped in blankets. Dr. Mulu Muleta puts on a white doctor’s jacket and starts making her rounds. She checks in with each woman, holding the patient’s...

  • WaterAid: Providing Safe Water and Sanitation in Ethiopia

    Water is essential to life. Without water, humans and our world would not survive. Yet, 11% of the world’s population –  783 million people –  do not have access to safe water. Although many people living in the western world including myself often take water, sanitation and hygiene (collectively known as “WASH”) for granted, there are...

  • Ebola a ‘Shared’ African Problem, Yet Nations Look to Their Own Needs

    East African leaders today acknowledged that West Africa's Ebola outbreak is unprecedented in severity and scope, and too big for that region to handle by itself. Yet at a gathering in Kenya the main focus was on measures to keep the virus out of their nations.  “This outbreak has transcended beyond the scope of any one country...

  • How Ethiopia Solved Its Abortion Problem

    Zebiba, 28, sits in her purple headscarf in the small clinic room, the cramping already beginning. She took the tablets early this morning. She is three months pregnant. Zebiba waits for her abortion to be completed. By 2 p.m., her abortion should be complete. She will return to her two children, now at school. She is divorcing their father, who...

  • Doctors in Ethiopia Are Looking Past Their Religious Beliefs on Abortions to Save Lives

    It seems contrary to the population’s very conservative religious ideals, but doctors say they’re willing to look past their religion to save women’s lives. In Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, many women come to the Marie Stopes Clinic to get birth control advice, to give birth and follow up on their pregnancies....

  • A Not-So-Grand Tour of Ethiopia’s Top Hospital

    DAVID GREENE, HOST: A few years ago, Ethiopia's health minister noted that there were more Ethiopian doctors working in Chicago than in their own country. That country has long had a weak health care system, and now some Ethiopian doctors are heading back with big ambitions. They want to build a state-of-the-art hospital, a place where people can get...

  • Reporter’s Notebook: A Not-So-Grand Tour of Ethiopia’s Top Hospital

    When you sign up for a reporting fellowship to learn about the health of newborns in Ethiopia, you expect things to be a little different from what you're used to in the U.S. To be perfectly honest, a little worse. But Ethiopia actually surprised me, even before I took off. I did my research, and it turns...

  • Ellilta Products: Helping Women Off the Streets

    One night in 1992, Serawit “Cherry” Teketel, a young Ethiopian college graduate was driving home from dinner with her family when they came upon a moment that would change Cherry’s life forever. As their car pulled to a stop at a street corner in Addis Ababa, they saw a young woman flash them. The sight...

  • Kangaroo Mother Care Could Save Millions of Lives in Poor Countries

    In a simple home in the village of Mosebo, Ethiopia—an earthen floor and walls made of wood and mud—a woman sat on a mattress on the floor with her crying, 8-month-old son. The mother, Alemitu Kelkay, pressed him to her breast, and eventually he quieted down. A normal enough scene, for most. But when this boy,...