The remnants of a Russian-built T54 tank is seen in an Ethiopian village on 22 February 1999.Photo by Andrew Gault.

LaSalle Doctor Leads Team To Ethiopia

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The remnants of a Russian-built T54 tank is seen in an Ethiopian village on 22 February 1999.Photo by Andrew Gault.
The remnants of a Russian-built T54 tank is seen in an Ethiopian village on 22 February 1999.
Photo by Andrew Gault.

(LaSALLE, ON) – Dr Nick Krayacich, a local family physician, has been chosen by Rotary International officials to lead a Vocational Training Team in Ethiopia.

A VTT is a team of professionals who donate their time and expertise to train residents in a different country who require the skills. The training revolves around six areas of focus including heath and disease prevention, literacy and education, water and sanitation, maternal and children’s health, peace and conflict resolution, and economic development.

Krayacich’s team will be in Axum, Ethiopia, from July 22 through to August 25, this year, to train local, allied health care professionals in the areas of infectious disease treatment and prevention, specifically for tuberculosis and malaria, as well as maternal and children’s nutrition, family planning, hygiene and hand washing, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Team members include three nurses, one physician, a dietician, and an HIV/AIDS expert.

Krayacich decided to lend his time and resources to this medical project after being approached by Beyene Haile, who comes from Ethiopia. Haile is currently helping to build an elementary and secondary school, which will greatly benefit from the VTT’s work.

The $500,000 medical centre, where the VTT will be working, was funded entirely by Rotary International. It will be the first health care centre ever to be established in the region and will support the surrounding communities totaling 25,000 people.