Baseline Assessment on Pain Management in Ethiopia

In collaboration with the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA), ACIPH has conducted "Baseline evaluation of pain management practices and teaching in Ethiopia."  The study was conducted in selected health facilities and health training schools in all regions of the country. The objective of the study is to assess knowledge, attitude and practice related to pain assessment and management among health workers working at different levels of health care facilities; the emphasis was given to pain assessment and management in the pre-service training at the medical schools; and evaluates the availability, storage, and prescription of different pain management drugs in facilities. The evaluation had four components: health workers survey, medical school survey, pharmacy survey, and desk review and synthesis. The study was conducted in selected facilities in all regions of Ethiopia. The study participants were health professionals working in hospitals, health centers, pharmacies and staffs in medical schools. A total of 673 health workers, 132 pharmacy professionals and 38 medical school staffs were participated in the study. Data collectors were trained on the objectives of the study and unbiased way of data collection techniques using the study tools were deployed to do the data collection. The study is now completed and the draft report is ready for dissemination through the EPHA.

Non Communicable Disease Survey Dissemination Workshop

On 13th of August 2010, there was a half day Dissemination workshop at the Red Cross Training Center where one of our staff member Dr. Belaineh Girma and a representative of the University of Washington, Mr. Bizu Gelaye presented their preliminary result on the survey of "Non Communicable Disease among Bank Employees and Teachers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia." The research was done by ACIPH in collaboration with University of Washington Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program Seattle, USA. The Findings were presented on this day in the presence of people from different organizations which include Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Education Bureau, the MIRT fellows and ACIPH staff members. Following the presentation of the preliminary findings, very lively discussion were held by participants. The fact that the research was the first of its kind since it included the biochemical tests, and dealt with diseases which received not enough attention in our country created a lot of enthusiasm among participants. The findings indicated that the magnitude of cardiovascular risk factors was high among study participants. The factors are behavioral and life style factors which include substance abuse, reduced consumption of fruits and vegetables and little or no physical exercise. The other one is cardio‐metabolic risk factors which increase prevalence of overweight and obesity among participants. The outcomes of this is increased prevalence of diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and hypertension. The high figures presented on that day have managed to captivate the audiences' attention fully, making the concluding discussion very lively; with everybody suggesting possible interventions that ought to be made and the drawbacks of the present practice.