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Fighting AIDS: Israel to train Ethiopian doctors
Envoy of doctors from Addis Baba arrives in Israel as part of emergency plan initiated by US president
According to an emergency plan initiated by US President George W. Bush, Israel is to train Ethiopian doctors, and eventually nurses as well, to treat AIDS patients in Ethiopia.

 

In Ethiopia, out of the four million HIV carriers in the country, about a quarter of a million people live with AIDS. Only about 10 thousand of them receive treatment for the virus.

 

As part of an emergency plan initiated by Bush to deal with the epidemic, USD 100 million would be transferred to Ethiopia yearly to purchase medicine.

 

A major problem was that the African country had a shortage of doctors who were knowledgeable about the drugs and how they were used for treatment.

 

When this became known, Israel decided to give a hand in the struggle against the deadly epidemic and train Ethiopian doctors on the subject.

 

The first envoy of 11 Ethiopian doctors arrived in Israel this week from Addis Ababa. They were expected to undergo training in the AIDS clinics at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, and the Central Virology Laboratory at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Hashomer.

 

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