Together with our partner, Tebita Ambulance of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Service (TEBITA), PfC has established an 18-month education program for ambulance personnel, Tebita Paramedic College. It is the first college-level education in this field of Ethiopia.
Lack of trained ambulance personnel causes poor quality of pre-hospital services in Ethiopia. There is also a lack of knowledge and awareness in the population about the importance of prompt and adequate treatment after accidents. Surveys indicate that less than ten percent of those in need of emergency medical care are transported to the emergency center by ambulance. Many are left unattended, or taken to a health center in a private car or taxi.
Together with our partner, Tebita Ambulance of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Service (TEBITA) and Tebita Paramedic College, PfC has established a new 18 month education program for ambulance personnel. The first 14 students graduated in the summer of 2019.
This is the first educational program in this field in Ethiopia, and also the only one that has been awarded the COC certification (Certificate of Competency).
Tebita was the first provider of private ambulance services in Ethiopia. The company was started by Kibret Abebe in 2008. Abebe has more than 25 years of experience in the Ethiopian health care system. The company is licensed by the health authorities in Addis Ababa.