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JimmaChild – eine neue kinderchirurgische Einheit an der Jimma University / Äthiopien

J.Hubertus1, K.Becker2, G.Abera3, A.Seifu3
1Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital, Klinikum der Universität München, München
2Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital, München
3Jimma University, Jimma


JimmaChild is a project to implement a new Pediatric Surgical Department at the Jimma University (JU) in Ethiopia. The program is financed by a grand of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).The need for this department is a lack of adequate health care for sick children since there is just one unique Pediatric Surgery in Addis Ababa. To improve the health care for children in the region of Jimma, partners from the JU and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich, developed a Pediatric Surgical Curriculum to qualify general surgeons as pediatric surgeons within 3 years of time. The training is performed by experienced Pediatric Surgeons from Germany who will stay at the JU for one month. Every year, six of these surgeons travel to Jimma. In addition to the surgical training program, communication of other soft skills, such as organizational structures, student teaching, leadership, scientific work, etc., is central part of the curriculum. 

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To date, JimmaChild is on track and almost all of the goals are achieved right in time. Acceptance and support of JimmaChild is high by the Ethiopian partners. We see several reasons responsible for the current success of the project. First, the whole program was designed in strong cooperation with our Ethiopian partners to consider the local needs and obstacles. Second, German partners are not the leader of project but equal partners. And finally, our understanding of this project is not based on aid but on loyal collaboration.