Ethiopia’s foreign minister praises U-M’s Ghana experience

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

We had the great honor to meet with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia’s former health minister who now serves as the country’s foreign minister. Dr. Tedros was one of the prime movers in establishing the partnership between the University of Michigan and St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College. He visited U-M three years ago and met with Joe Kolars, Tim Johnson and Senait Fisseha to discuss possible partnerships. He said U-M was an attractive partner because of the Johnson-led collaboration with colleagues in Ghana that has been working to improve health care in the West African nation for three decades.

Tedros and Fisseha

Tedros and Fisseha

“What Michigan did in Ghana could be easily applied here,” the foreign minister said. “You cannot implement U.S. standards here, but a U.S. institution with experience in Africa really has more to deliver in Africa. Some of the things they did in Ghana can be replicated in Ethiopia. They know what they are doing. They don’t come with some illusion about the situation and what can be done. They have the experience, so they will come will come with the right understanding and come with something that is tailor made for you.”




One thought on “Ethiopia’s foreign minister praises U-M’s Ghana experience

  1. It is good news for us, specially Medical Students in the New Innovative Medical Education Initiative which is launched 3 years back by Dr. Tewdros when he was Health Minister.But the program is not going the way they told us when we joined . Please address our concerns regarding our families whom we were supporting as civil servants and either improve the lodging accommodations and provisions or pay our salaries . It is so challenging for me to let my kid helpless…..I served the government for more than seven years but I am denied the right of a civil servant.!!!As a Nation, we are happy with the progress so far but when it comes to the family value, it is underestimated!!!


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