Doctors reach out helping hand to Ethiopian hospital

Australian Doctors for Africa volunteer Robert Forward and Apex Perth branch treasurer David Wartzki load a shipping container with medical |supplies for Ethiopia. Picture: Marcus Whisson d397568
Australian Doctors for Africa volunteer Robert Forward and Apex Perth branch treasurer David Wartzki load a shipping container with medical |supplies for Ethiopia. Picture: Marcus Whisson d397568

Last month, Scotch College and Christ Church Grammar School students helped pack two 12m sea containers with $1 million worth of donated medical supplies bound for the Black Lion Hospital in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to kit out three new operating theatres.

Packing the containers was a logistical feat, with organisers trying to fit in 20 wheelchairs, 20 pairs of crutches, 50 wind-up beds, 35 mattresses, three operating tables and numerous medical supplies.

ADFA director Jeanne Bell, of Claremont, said the organisation was reliant on volunteers such as the Big Help Mob and school students, who made the difficult task of packing the containers possible.

ADFA has operated for six years and provides medical assistance to Ethiopia, Madagascar and Somalia.

ADFA will host its annual Little Feet fundraiser at Swanbourne Beachfront on May 5 to raise money to help combat talipes, or club foot .

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