Sharing life-saving skills in developing countries
We all want treatment quickly when we’re ill. In rural Ethiopia, that’s simply impossible, due to an acute shortage of trained doctors and nurses. Untrained workers spend long hours trying to give their communities the support they urgently need, but with limited knowledge. They can’t afford to go away to study, and the patients can’t afford to lose them while they qualify.
Since 2011, The Open University has been working in Ethiopia to provide vital healthcare training resources, and help local universities to produce their own. Lives are being changed – and saved – as 4,000 students across Ethiopia have studied how to deliver babies safely and prevent infectious diseases.
Yet there is much more to be done, and it must happen now, before the shortage of 7 million doctors and nurses worldwide grows any further. Your support can equip many more healthcare workers with life-saving knowledge and help developing countries create their own revolution in healthcare training.