Teamwork at SCH

                                                As our capabilities at Soddo Christian Hospital expand, we are working together as a team to make diagnoses, and provide cutting edge treatment for patients.  The other day, we had a […]

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Neurosurgery at SCH?!?

What do you think happens when you combine the following: A country with the highest number of pedestrians struck by vehicles relative to cars on the road A brand new CT scanner among a population of 5 million people who previously had none If you answered, “a lot of new diagnoses of head trauma”, you’d […]

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Empowering the Next Generation

Imagine a missionary doctor sitting under a tree in Africa, seeing patients as they line up from far and near.  She sees 100 patients a day or more.  In a year, perhaps 3000.  In ten years, 30,000.  Not a bad contribution to the problem of suffering in her country.  But imagine how burned-out, how completely […]

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Battling the Brain Drain

What is the “brain drain” anyway?  In developing countries all over the world, the “brain drain” refers to the tendency of qualified and skilled workers to leave the country in search of greener pastures.  To America, to Europe.  The salary of a physician in the USA may be 100 times that of his counterpart in […]

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SCH Graduate Makes History

Recently, the very first graduate from the PAACS program in Ethiopia did something unique in his own country. He led a team that separated conjoined (“Siamese”) twins. To our knowledge, nothing like that had ever been attempted in Ethiopia. Dr. Frehun Ayele, who trained as a pediatric surgeon at the BethanyKids at Kijabe Hospital PAACS […]

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Welcome Home!

There’s no place like home!  And now, after many years of prayer and preparation, the new Soddo PAACS apartment building is complete, and our residents have moved in to their new homes. The finished building has 7 apartments (1 three-bedroom, 3 two-bedrooms and 3 one-bedroom apartments). These new apartments will allow the surgical residents to have a reliable […]

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White Coat Ceremony

What is a white coat ceremony, you ask?  Well, according to Wikipedia, it is the ritual that marks the transition of a student of medicine from the pre-clinical years to the clinical years.  The white coat has been worn for over 100 years by medical professionals, and is clearly associated with the trade.  Everyone likes […]

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Another Surgeon For Ethiopia

This is a guest post from Dr. Jon Pollock, originally featured on his personal blog.  Dr. Pollock is a staff surgeon at Myungsung Christian Medical Center in Addis Ababa, our sister hospital.  Our surgery residents, including Dr. Daniel Gidabo, train at both facilities: here in Soddo and at MCM in Addis.  (In fact, Dr. Pollock […]

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