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Ethiopia WFUMB COE

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Ethiopia WFUMB COE

The Ethiopian WFUMB COE has two nodes mainly located at Black Lion Hospital and St Paul Hospital.

The Black Lion node is housed in the Black Lion Hospital Main building,  Churchil Road, Addis Ababa – Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

  • COE director- Dr Amir Sultan.  – see C.V. here
  • Co-Director- Dr Abdulsemed Mohammed

The COE has worked significant work interms of extending access to ultrasound to various parts of Ethiopia.

Starting from 2011, several trainings were offered to various professionals in the areas  of ultrasound.
Trainings were conducted in Black Lion Hospital and St Paul hospital; the two largest referral hospitals in the country over the last 8 years.

In 2017 training was conducted in Gondar, which is a city in the Amhara regional state. There professionals from Internal Medicne, pediatrics, Radiology, Obstetrics, Surgery and others were trained on how to do basic ultrasound as well as introduction to interventions .

In 2018 training was conducted in Arbaminch which is a city in the southern nationalities states. It is a city where ultrasound was first introduced in Ethiopia 45 years ago and the training was an opportunity to pay homage to the old hospital in the area.

In 2019 a training was conducted in Mekele, a city in the Tigray Region. It was conducted in Ayder referral hospital which is one of the largest referral hospitals in Ethiopia. Similar to prior experiences, professionals from different backgrounds were able to get hands on training on ultrasound.

In addition the COE helps residents in Internal medicine get adequate training on how to conduct ultrasound. This is a year round activity mainly offered by the division of gastroenterology in the hospital to internal medicine residents as well as residents from other departments and other universities.


Typical training module for annual training

09:15-09:45 Opening and welcome.
09:45-10:15 Basic aspects of ultrasound physics and technology
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:15 Ultrasound of normal abdominal organs –“6+”
11:15-11:45 Focal liver diseases
11:45-12:15 Ultrasound of gallbladder and biliary tract
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:00 Parenchymal liver diseases
14:00-14:30 Ultrasound of the Pancreas
14:30-15:00 Scanner settings, “knobology”, and practical hints
15:00-16:30 Coffee break and Hands-on training (Faculty, Fellows, all participants)

08:30-09:00 Ultrasound of the Spleen and retroperitoneal structures
09:00-09:30 Ultrasound of the Kidneys
09:30-10:00 Ultrasound in HCC.
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-12:00 Hands-on, case demos and discussions
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-13:30 Interventional ultrasound
13:30-14:00 Liver biopsy – Indications and practical aspects.
14:00-14:30 Biopsy demos
14:30-16:00 Coffee break and Hands-on training

09:00-09:30 Ultrasound Doppler methodology and techniques
09:30-10:00 Portal Hypertension and Ultrasound-Doppler evaluation
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:00 Doppler and Duplex sonography of abdominal vessels
11:30:12:00 Case discussions
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-13:30 Ultrasound of the GI tract
13:30-14:00 Ultrasound in acute abdominal diseases
14:30-16:00 Coffee break and Hands-on training.

08:30-09:00 Hydatid cyst (Abdulsemed)
09:00-09:30 Hepatosplenic schistosomiasis and US findings
09:30-10:00 Case discussions
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Medical grand round.   A case presentation with Ultrasound findings.
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-13:30 Ultrasound in gynaecology
13:30-14:00 Ultrasound in obstetrics
14:00-14:30 Coffee break and Hands-on training
14:30-15:00 Course exam and course evaluation
15:00-15:30 Diplomas and Official closure of Post-graduate Course. Photo-session.

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