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Advancing Global Outreach in Mekelle, Ethiopia

April 19, 2017 - 3:10pm

Nega Kiros, MD, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was the recipient of the AAO-HNS International Humanitarian Award in 2016. Since the honor, he continues to serve his cause in helping the millions of people who suffer from ear disease in Ethiopia. With a population of just over 100 million, at least five million people are affected in this resource-limited country where there are fewer than 30 ENT physicians.

Just last month, Dr. Kiros hosted Global ENT Outreach doctors from the USA and Great Britain in the newly developed project at the Ayder Specialist Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia.

The project’s focus is on improving education, focusing on a redesign of the residents’ curriculum, improving diagnostic skills, and improving surgical techniques.

The Ethiopian government has invested strongly in the infrastructure and the department has most of the state of the art equipment needed.

For more information about this project and felllowship opportunities, contact Richard Wagner, MD, at

Learn more about the Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Awards.