Ethiopia: Ambassador Goosby Inaugurates Armed Forces Referral Teaching Hospital HIV/AIDS Center (March 2011)

U.S. and Ethiopian officials inaugurated a newly renovated HIV Center at the Armed Forces Referral Teaching Hospital, which will ensure better quality HIV services for Ethiopian military personnel, their families, and civilians.

With funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and working in partnership with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), the U.S. Government contributed 890,000 USD to the newly renovated facility which is furnished with modern medical equipment.

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby inaugurated the facility along with State Minister of Defense Birhanu Abera in the presence of other high ranking military and Government of Ethiopia officials, the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth, representatives from the U.S. government and PEPFAR partners.

Speaking during the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ambassador Eric Goosby stated, “This newly renovated HIV chronic care clinic is an example of the partnership between the U.S. Government and the Government of Ethiopia. It exemplifies one of the many ways that PEPFAR works with defense forces of partner nations to expand access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services to uniformed personnel and their families in need.”

The newly renovated HIV Center was originally built in 1964. This single story facility provides HIV counseling and testing; comprehensive HIV prevention, care and antiretroviral treatment (ART) services; and testing and treatment for tuberculosis. It also includes a substantial pharmacy, two waiting areas, and a multi-purpose hall for training sessions and meetings.

The Armed Forces Referral Teaching Hospital is one of the 35 uniformed health facilities that provide ART and comprehensive services supported under the PEPFAR program to address the multi-faceted problems of HIV/AIDS in the uniformed services.

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