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  • Doctors available round the clock thanks to new call centre in Ethiopia

    Ethiopia has embraced a medical innovation that allows people to access medical help 24-hours a day with a simple phone call. Every day, the team of medical professionals at Hello Doctor receives around 200 calls. For a country where the ratio of doctors to patients is estimated at one to 30-thousand, and accessibility to health centres is a challenge in many areas, this service is proving to be a godsend. Coletta Wanjohi reports from Addis Ababa.

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  • Bill Gates: "up to individual countries to regulate internet"

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has declined to criticize Ethiopia's recent blockage of social media, saying it is up to individual countries to regulate their internet.

    He was responding to Ethiopian reporters' questions about the government's disabling of social media sites earlier this month.

    Ethiopian authorities said the sites were disabled during national school examinations so students would not be distracted.

    Critics said the government has no legal basis to deny the freedom of expression to millions of citizens.

    Gates said each country "decides what the rules are going to be in terms of pornography, hate speech . what is allowed and what's not allowed."

    He added that making the internet low-cost and available is good for economic growth.

    Gates was visiting Ethiopia to discuss health and agriculture.

    Source: abcnews

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  • Poet Hails Late Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi

    A book that entirely revolve around with the life, experiences and contributions of the Late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi meant to the whole Ethiopian people was published late this year by an author Esubalew Kasa in Bahir Dar, Amhara State. 

    By chance, Esubalew was invited to showcase his artistic and poetry works in the National Arts, Painting, Musical Instruments, Cultural and Traditional Values and Book Fair and Festival organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently at the Oromia Cultural Centre. The writer of this piece had approached him for an interview.

    The author was born in Debre-Markos and raised up close to churches imbibing biblical thoughts. It was this way, he managed to write some poems and war songs in war fronts and training camps after he joined the Derg military staff. He then moved to Asmara for military campaign to reinforce the mission of socialist ideological order of the then regime. There he got an opportunity to secure some knowledge of literature.

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  • Ethiopia to dump 69 million condoms deemed defective

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian health officials say they will discard 69 million defective condoms because they failed the elasticity test. 

    Ethiopia's junior health minister, Kebede Worku, said Friday the condoms were rejected by the quality control department after they appeared to rupture easily. 

    The official didn't say who supplied the condoms, which were bought with a $2 million donation from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He said the company wants the condoms tested again before it can replace them with a new batch.  

    Bikila Bayisa, deputy director of Ethiopia's food and medicine control agency, said the condoms had holes "wide enough to pass liquids through, so we have rejected them." 

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  • Study: Ethiopian IDF soldiers more likely to commit suicide

    Ethiopian IDF soldiers are far more likely to commit suicide than any of their counterparts, an in-depth study published Monday revealed.

    The IDF Medical Corps examined over 20 years' worth of data for over 1.2 million IDF soldiers since 1995 to find common factors behind soldier suicide - a not-uncommon phenomenon. 

    While the soldiers' youth, proximity to guns, and stress have all been cited as factors, the ties between suicide and origin were particularly surprising. 

    Suicide rates among Ethiopian IDF soldiers are "always much higher than [soldiers of] other populations," the study says, as quoted in Army Radio. Suicide rates are also high among soldiers from Russia and the Former Soviet Union (FSU). 

    Soldiers from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and with lower motivations to join combat units are also far more likely to commit suicide, the study notes. 

    Gender plays a role as well: over 90% of the 462 suicides over the past year in the IDF were men. 

    The most surprising, researchers told the news agency, is the finding that IDF soldiers with previous psychiatric disorders and diagnoses were much less likely to commit suicide. Apparently, psychological help itself saves lives by bringing the issue to the surface. 

    Overall, researchers concluded, the IDF needs to ensure early monitoring of soldiers at risk - and place them in the IDF accordingly. 

    Mental health teams within the military will be instructed to pay particular attention to IDF soldiers from social and ethnic minority groups, and are instructed to work on a long-term plan to reduce the social stigma of seeking help. 

    Source: israelnationalnews 

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