Ethiopia is keen to establish institutional
bilateral partnership with the University of Maryland in light of its ever
expanding global twinning programs with institutions of higher learning.
The foregoing statement was made by
Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy and Ambassador Extra-ordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the US, in
an engaging meeting he held with Mr.Jeffrey Rivest, President and CEO of the
University of Maryland Medical Center/UMMC/ and the R Adams Cowley Shock
Trauma Center leadership in the premises of the Institute in Baltimore city
last Wednesday, November 23, 2011 leading an entourage of high-level
Ethiopian embassy officials from the Chancery in Washington DC.
Ambassador Girma eloquently expressed
Ethiopia's desire to form a strong bondage between the University of
Maryland Medical Center's /UMMC/ R Cowley Shock Trauma Center with the
focused vision and interest of extracting the solid experience of the center
in the aforementioned field towards an ultimate goal of realizing a similar
center in Ethiopia.
Mr. Jeffrey Rivest, President and CEO of
UMMC, and Mr. John Spearman, Senior Vice President, Global Health
Initiatives, UMMC on their part expressed optimism to share the valued
experience towards strengthening the desired partnership with their
In a bid to impress the Ethiopian delegation
with hands-on experience pertaining to the much avowed activities carried by
the Center, the UMMC leadership facilitated a guided-tour of the Center.
The initial step for such a bond was
premiered by Mr. Kebede Tadesse, Executive Director of Hope for All
International, a US based NGO engaged in global partnership for access to
clean water, health education and environmental protection who initiated the
liaison of the twinning project.
R Adams Cowley
Shock Trauma Center serves as the core resource to the State of Maryland's
Emergency Medical Services that receives, stabilizes and treats those, whose
lives are threatened by severe multi-system injury, severe life-threatening
injury, acute complex orthopaedic injury, spinal cord and column injuries,
brain injury and facial trauma, it was learnt.