Qatar Fund for development (QFFD) has signed a grant agreement with the government of Ethiopia to finance the construction of a specialised kidney care hospital in Addis Ababa.
The agreement was signed by QFFD Director General Khalifa bin Jassim al-Kuwari and Ethiopian Minister of Finance Admasu Nebebe.
QFFD said in a statement that the project comes within the framework of the support provided by Qatar to the health sector in Ethiopia, adding that it is an outgrowth of the Qatari-Ethiopian co-operation that has witnessed significant growth in recent years, and through which the fund seeks to enhance and develop bilateral relations and joint cooperation between Qatar and Ethiopia.
This grant will fund the construction and furnishing of Kidney Treatment Hospital in Addis Ababa. When operating at its full capacity, the hospital is expected to provide service to all ranges of kidney diseases that might result in kidney failure, provide dialysis and transplantation for those with kidney failure with an approximate capacity of serving 110,000 people annually.
The support also includes training core staffs in order for the center to serve as a self-sufficient educational centre for medical professionals in Ethiopia.
According to QFFD's statement, Ethiopian hospitals suffer from severe shortages in the field of technical support provided to the current kidney disease and related services from maintenance of medical devices, supplies and medical drugs in addition to lack of staff capacity building and continuing education. Moreover, there is no sufficient support for the optimal use of the existing resources available.
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