SAO activities SAO has been very active the past several years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Here is a summary of our work and some of the projects we have completed:

At the request of the Black Lion Hospital, SAO established the first PACU (Post Surgery Recovery Room) at the Black Lion. This included donating supplies, cleaning, painting, developing workflow, installation of an oxygen delivery system, a pediatric warming system, and education/training of staff. SAO delivered and installed 12 anesthesia machines to the Black Lion, provided ongoing maintenance and parts for these machines and monitors, as well as training to the BLH anesthesiologists and anesthesia residents. SAO installed 10 patient vital sign monitors (one in each operating room) at the Black Lion. Several ORs were rewired to accommodate new electrical demands. SAO cleaned and repainted the pediatric operating rooms, installed new machines, monitors, and a patient warming system. SAO provided extensive training of medical technicians over multiple trips on maintenance and care of the donated OR equipment.

SAO installed 10 patient vital sign monitors (one in each operating room) at the Black Lion. Several ORs were rewired to accommodate new electrical demands. SAO cleaned and repainted the pediatric operating rooms, installed new machines, monitors, and a patient warming system. SAO provided extensive training of medical technicians over multiple trips on maintenance and care of the donated OR equipment.

Donation of $20,000 of new urological catheters and equipment for endo/urology to the Urology Department at the Black Lion.

We established an ongoing relationship with ENT at the Black Lion. We developed a formal relationship between the University of Minnesota ENT department and the Black Lion. We have brought 2 chief residents in ENT on each subsequent trip and provided substantial surgical training to ENT residents.

SAO repainted the ENT department, installed new flooring and new cabinets as well as provided new chairs, lights, and equipment to the ENT clinic.

SAO has donated approximately 80 tons of medical equipment- including a blood bank refrigerator, 20 patient monitors, beds, gurneys, and warming systems.

We have established a relationship with the Orthopedic Department at the Black Lion. by providing education, training, the donation of $60.000.00 of orthopedic implant equipment to treat bone fractures.

SAO repainted, rewired, and installed new monitors and oxygen delivery system in the ICU at the Black Lion. SAO created the first ever ICU and PACU at the Zewditu Hospital. We painted, cleaned, and installed monitors and oxygen delivery system. On multiple trips, SAO has brought physicians and provided training via lectures, seminars, surgical skills labs, and equipment donations in the following areas: anesthesiology, nephrology, urology, vascular surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery and laboratory medicine.

SAO arranged for and provided local housing and support for 7 anesthesiology residents to come to Seattle in the United States for exposure to U.S. operating room systems and anesthesia techniques. These Ethiopian doctors were in the United States for one month. SAO also arranged for an Ethiopian ICU physician to come to Seattle for 3 weeks of training in US intensive care units and operating room techniques.

SAO provided 3 separate week-long vascular access (fistula) training courses and performed surgery on approximately 120 patients.

SAO donated a new ultrasound machine valued at $50,000 and provided training to the Black Lion radiology residents and the Zewditu nephrologists. SAO gave 2 separate week-long hands-on training courses.

SAO created packets of surgical instruments, which contained some 30 surgical instruments each, and these packets were donated to 10 ENT residents at the Black Lion Hospital.

We supplied equipment and materials for epidural analgesia for women having childbirth at Black Lion.

SAO provided a 2-week course to the anesthesiologists at Black Lion on how to perform some of the first labor epidurals in Ethiopia.