Cameroon Honors Ted Alemayhu (Video Added)

Above: Ted Alemayhu, pictured here addressing the African
First Ladies Health Summit in Los Angeles last Spring, was
honored in Cameroon last week. (Courtesy photo).

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, January 2, 2010

New York (Tadias) – Ted Alemayhu, Founder and Chairman of U.S. Doctors for Africa (USDFA), was honored in Cameroon last week for his organization’s work tackling Africa’s enormous health care problems.

Mr. Alemayhu, who convened the African First Ladies Health Summit in Los Angeles last Spring, says the acknowledgment of his service brings needed attention to USDFA’s work in Cameroon and other nations in Africa.

“The President and The First Lady of Cameroon were kind with their generous recognition of our efforts in bringing the highly needed medical manpower and other resources to the continent,” Mr. Alemayhu told Tadias Magazine. “The recognition would simply raise the level of attention and awareness of the needs for organizations like U.S. Doctors for Africa to be more engaged in providing much needed medical care and services to the people of Africa who continue to suffer from the lack of basic medical care.”

According to Mr. Alemayhu USDFA is currently working with three local organizations in the country: The African Synergy organization, the First Lady of Cameroon’s Foundation, and The Chantal Biya Foundation. “All of the organizations are our strategic partners in Cameroon and their missions are directed to providing access to health care to under-served communities, mainly targeting women and children,” he said. “U.S. Doctors for Africa brings volunteer medical manpower as well as medical supplies and equipments to further assist several clinics that are currently being managed by these organizations. Currently we are working toward sending an estimated $500,000 Dollars worth of medical supplies and equipments to Cameroon.”

Mr. Alemayhu tells us that he has also traveled to his native country, Ethiopia, and that a medical project there may also be imminent.

“During my recent yet very brief trip to Ethiopia I’ve had the opportunity to meet with the Health Minister and other senior officials of the government. We’ve had some productive discussions in regards to USDFA’s possible new engagement in the country,” he said. “I will be back in Addis soon for further discussion and action plans. In the past, USDFA has developed several successful medical missions to Ethiopia, and we hope to expand on our efforts in accordance with the country’s health plan and strategic approach.”

Asked about what he considers to be the biggest health care challenge facing the African continent today, Mr. Alemayhu is quick to answer that lack of trained medical professionals is the number one chronic problem. “Unfortunately, and despite the great effort that is underway by several thousand organizations across the continent, the biggest challenge continues to be the extreme shortage of medical manpower,” he points out. “According to some credible sources, the ratio of doctors per population in most African countries remains 1 doctor per 100,000 people. This staggering and disturbing statistic further complicates the situation despite the fact that more vaccines and other medical supplies are being provided to the continent. Our effort is not only to bring in U.S. trained volunteer medical personnel to the continent but to also help train more local health care providers as well.”

And what is he looking forward to in 2010? “We plan to host the second-annual African First Ladies Health Summit in 2010,” Mr. Alemayhu said during an interview conducted on New Year’s day. “However, it will be held in Africa. At this time we are considering several possible hosting countries.”

Video: Ted Alemayhu in Cameroon

Related Video:
Ted Alemayhu’s Keynote at Columbia University (NYC)

14 Responses to “Cameroon Honors Ted Alemayhu (Video Added)”

  1. 1 Selamon Asefa Jan 2nd, 2010 at 12:56 am

    God bless Ted Alemayhu…my hero!

  2. 2 Martha Jan 2nd, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Go Ted!!!

  3. 3 Dallas Jan 2nd, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Ted, you are one selfless true Ethiopian, I am proud of you!!

  4. 4 Frank Wallace Jan 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Cool news! America is made by people like Ted Alemayhu, visionary immigrants who know that the sky is the limit if and when mind meets dedication. Instead of settling for second class negative rhetoric, people like Ted wake up everyday to make our short time in this world worth living for. These are the kind of people when they are 80, they can look back and confidently declare: “life well lived”.

  5. 5 HAMELMAL SHIFERAW Jan 2nd, 2010 at 10:20 am


  6. 6 Eugene Jan 2nd, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Good efforts. {pay attention} to the illusive nature of structures in Africa tied to highly placed political individuals. {in order to make it sustainable } use other {approaches as well} such as grassroots and people oriented health care delivery system (private, Catholic, Baptists, etc).

    Thank you though for the efforts.

    Eugene Ateh

  7. 7 abaynesh asrat Jan 4th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Great story Tadias magazine.

    Congratulations Ted. All the best for 2010



  8. 8 Corey Jan 5th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Great vision Mr. Alemayhu. It is not always easy, but keep pushing!!

    How may I get in touch to offer my services?

    Good luck in your projects for 2010!!

  9. 9 Muste Jan 6th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Am proud of You Dr Alemayhu….Job well done

  10. 10 yeshitla Jan 12th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Dr. Alemayhu you are a blessed man. keep up the good work.

  11. 11 endale tefera Jan 12th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Great job!!! Dr.Ted thank you for {mobilizing) American doctors to Africa. But let the African government leaders learn how to work with foreign help organizations.

  12. 12 germa Feb 3rd, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    yegermal,eko gobez!

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