Ethiopian Universities, for the past 5 months, have terminated all of their face-to-face lectures due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Scores of individuals across the country continue to face the reality that the virus is here to stay and that normal day lifestyles have been changed at least until the unforeseeable future. The country of Ethiopia is preparing to battle the Pandemic until the very end and is doing all that it can to prevent a catastrophe.
At the University of Gondar, many of the medical staff have been working around the clock to create an environment of safety and awareness. By catering to a catchment area of over 6 million people, the University’s medical staff are among the first line of defense.
To bolster the efforts of the University the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program has donated numerous personal protective equipment to the University of Gondar’s Comprehensive Specialized Hospital. The donation, which is worth an estimated 1.1 million Ethiopian Birr, will go a long way in helping the doctors, nurses and lab technicians in ensuring the lives of patients are preserved.
The donated equipment, that will greatly support the medical front line workers, include protective masks, face shields, medical gowns and sanitizers.
The Mastercard Foundation, which is based in Canada, is a close partner to the University of Gondar.
Established in 2016 the MCF Scholars Program at the University of Gondar has opened its doors to talented people with disabilities and disadvantages for a once in a lifetime scholarship. Over a 10-year span, the Program will admit 450 talented youth who will become Africa’s next generation of transformative leaders.