Yirgalem General Hospital

H. M. King Olav of Norway, a missionary, built Yirgalem General Hospital in 1966-1975. The hospital serves approximately 65,000 patients annually and serves a population of approximately 4.2 million people in the surrounding area. Emergency care, a mother and child unit, intensive care, and surgery are all available at the hospital. It also serves as a Teaching hospital for doctors and nurses.

The hygiene standards of the hospital, such as operating conditions, treatment rooms, and laundries, must be improved urgently. Doctors for Ethiopia association is dedicated to ensure that all patients receive the best possible care in the future. To that end, we’ve created a hygiene concept that’s being implemented step by step with the help of the hospital staff. The doctors can also take part in further training measures and exchange programs that we organize for them.

Doctors for Ethiopia - Yirgalem General Hospital View from outside

Why we are concentrating our efforts on the Yirgalem General Hospital

We looked at three hospitals in southern Ethiopia in order to determine which one to support. The only hospital that made the most of the limited resources available was Yirgalem General Hospital. The medical care of pregnant women and premature babies was and continues to be a particular challenge, given the high mortality rate among premature babies and expectant mothers. Despite not having hospital facilities for the building, the hospital management built a pediatrics children’s centre and a maternity ward to reduce the high mortality rate. We made the decision to help the hospital by purchasingmedical supplies and furnishing the mother and child ward. This was the foundation stone for a long-lasting cooperation.