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When you help educate someone who has already demonstrated a passion for healing others, your support will enrich countless lives for years to come. Kiflom Negash is one of those who, as a master’s physical therapy student at Mekele University in Mekele Ethiopia has demonstrated that passion. He is the president of his class and he and his colleagues are receiving training through the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and with other experts in physical therapy. 

Rebecca Stephenson, Susan Clinton, and Tracy Spitznagle were among the resident faculty at Mekele University this year teaching the master-level physical therapy students about how to evaluate and treat pregnant and postpartum women, treat orthopedic conditions and diagnose patients with movement disorders and instruct the students how to create the best exercise programs for those patients. 

Kiflom is being sponsored, through grants from the Global Women’s Health Initiative,, to come to the USA to participate in the Combined Sections Meeting and take additional courses to further his education on the treatment of women and children. He will take these experiences back to Ethiopia so that he can bring back the knowledge and work toward making sustainable changes to the healthcare system in Ethiopia. 

Through his visits to several rehabilitation and acute care hospitals here in the US, he will be able to take those experiences back to his country and help establish care for the many patients that are going untreated now.

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