San Francisco-Area Group Donates Hospital Equipment to Ethiopian Health Centers in Effort to Fight HIV/AIDS, Other Diseases
January 16, 2008
The San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday profiled World Family -- a Bay Area group that collects "outdated" hospital equipment in the U.S. and donates it to health clinics in Ethiopia in an attempt to combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases in the country. World Family, which was formed in 2003 by Emebet Bellingham and Joseph Zeleke, since its launch has donated more than 34 shipping containers of hospital equipment and furniture worth $5.4 million to Ethiopia, as well as opened a community center project for orphans. In addition, the group has worked with the National Dental Association to open two dental schools in Ethiopia based on U.S. standards. According to Zeleke, poor dental care is one of the most common ways of spreading HIV.
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