Israel trains Ethiopian medical teams to treat AIDS

Sunday, July 01, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Ten Ethiopian doctors and nurses are taking part in an intensive course in Jerusalem on the treatment of AIDS patients.

More than half of all HIV/AIDS patients in Israel are Jews of Ethiopian descent, which has given doctors in the Jewish state a wealth of experience in treating that demographic.

About four years ago the Israelis decided to start sharing that experience and knowledge with Ethiopian medical professionals who simply lacked the resources to make the same gains on their own. To date more than 50 Ethiopian doctors and nurses have participated in the two-week training course, and have returned to their own nation equipped to provide far better treatment to those suffering from the world's most feared disease.

The course is jointly sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Health, all of the country's major hospitals and several pharmaceutical and medical technology companies.

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