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Drlia Tadesse’s Ministerial Legacy

A recent development has seen Dr Lia Tadesse, who has been the minister of Health for the past four years, replaced by Dr Mekedes Daba. This transition comes at a crucial moment in Ethiopia’s health system history. The past four years have seen the health system suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic and the destruction of many health facilities due to ongoing wars in different regions of the country. In what was a difficult time for the Ministry, Dr Lia’s leadership has been applauded by many. While there have been many positive strides from her tenure, there are still questions that remain unanswered. EBR’s Dr Brook Genene closely investigates the problems within the Ethiopian health system and the role the women in the leadership roles have played in navigating them.


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The modern workplace, characterized by relentless demands, extended hours, and constant connectivity, is fertile ground for a sinister foe: burnout. This insidious psychosocial affliction transcends specific professions, plaguing individuals across a broad spectrum of fields. Its consequences are far-reaching, impacting not just individual performance and job satisfaction but also physical and mental health, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Burnout’s tentacles reach far and wide, manifesting in impaired job performance, absenteeism, and even presenteeism (working while unproductive). The toll on physical health is equally problematic, with research linking burnout to hypertension, heart disease, and other medical complications.


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Ethiopian Boxing Soars Towards Brighter Prospects

Boxing is a popular sport in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, it has faced challenges due to inadequate budgeting and a limited number of yearly competitions. Only a few individuals have dedicated their efforts to popularizing Boxing in Ethiopia, often without sufficient support from stakeholders. However, there is now a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The recent election of Eyasu Wossen as the new president of the African Boxing Federation brings optimism. EBR’s Dr. Brook Genene takes a closer look at the current state of the sport in the country.


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Breast cancer, a global menace, stands as the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Its devastating grip extends across the borders of both developed and developing countries, leaving no nation untouched. Ethiopia, a land of vibrant culture and resilience, grapples with the weight of this affliction. Within its borders, breast cancer silently preys upon countless women, casting a shadow over their lives. Yet, a veil of ignorance shrouds the populace, obscuring the urgency of the matter. The lack of awareness engenders a troubling trend: a multitude of sufferers, aware of breast-related issues, choose to endure their plight in silence, avoiding the doors of hospitals. EBR’s Dr. Brook Genene delves into the current state of this battle, unearthing the challenges that lie ahead.


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Though bathed in year-round sunshine, Ethiopia faces a surprising yet critical health issue: vitamin D deficiency. This essential nutrient, crucial for bone health and immune function, is lacking in many Ethiopians, both children and adults. The paradox lies in several factors. Limited access to vitamin D-rich foods like fish and eggs, coupled with cultural practices and clothing that minimize sun exposure, contribute to the deficiency. Additionally, darker skin tones naturally synthesize vitamin D less effectively.

The consequences of this deficiency are far-reaching, increasing the risk of bone diseases like rickets and osteoporosis, weakening the immune system, and hindering muscle development.

Addressing this challenge necessitates a multifaceted approach. Promoting a balanced diet rich in vitamin D sources, along with public awareness campaigns highlighting the importance of sun exposure and vitamin D supplementation, are crucial steps. Additionally, government initiatives like fortifying staple foods and promoting outdoor activities can play a significant role.

Overcoming this public health concern requires collaboration between the government, healthcare providers, and communities. Only through concerted efforts can Ethiopia harness the power of sunshine and ensure the health and well-being of its citizens. EBR’s Dr. Brook Genene takes a closer look at the matter.


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Ethiopia’s Giant Football Clubs Struggle for Survival

As the 2023/24 Ethiopian Premier League kicks off, dark clouds loom over two of the country’s biggest football clubs: St. George and Ethiopia Bunna FC. Both teams are facing significant financial challenges that threaten their very existence. While football, in theory, should be self-sustaining through revenue streams like membership payments, commercial deals, matchday income, merchandise sales, and television deals, this ideal scenario seems far-fetched in the current Ethiopian football landscape. EBR’s Brook Genene delves deeper into the financial quagmire engulfing these two clubs, analyzing the root causes and exploring potential solutions to safeguard the future of Ethiopian football.


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Gudaf Tsegay, Tigist Assefa’s BID for World Athlete of the Year Title

Tigist Assefa, who won the 2023 Berlin Marathon in a stunning finish, is the distance record holder. She is nominated for World Female Athlete of the Year accolade. Similarly, 5000-meter World Record holder and reigning 10000-meter World Champion Gudaf Tsegay competes for the same title. The World will know the winner on December 11 in a colourful event in Monaco. Meseret Defar in 2007, Genezebe Dibaba in 2015, and Almaz Ayana in 2016 are previous female award winners of this prestigious title from Ethiopia. Haile Gebresillase (1998) and Kenenis Bekele (2004, 2005) have accomplished this feat in the male category. Tigist or Gudaf, who have raised the profile of Ethiopian athletes on the world stage, will be hoping to join this exclusive club. EBR’s Dr. Brook Genene closely examines how these two athletes reached this point.


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Ethiopia has a rich and proud history of athletic excellence, particularly in long-distance running. Ethiopian athletes have won 59 Olympic medals, including 23 gold in track and field events. This result is comparable to the 113 Olympic medals, including 35 gold, that neighboring Kenya has achieved. Ethiopia has a high altitude, which helps to develop athletes’ cardiovascular systems. The relatively cool climate is also ideal for training—the solid cultural emphasis on running also, in a way, prepares youth for athletics. Kenya’s dominance in the continent came mainly in recent years, since 2008. From the lack of infrastructure to poor administration and insufficient funding, Ethiopia’s athletics require a solid intervention to overhaul the sector, especially in short and medium-distance running, EBR’s Brook Genene reports.




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