In 2003, an HIV/AIDS clinic was started in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia called The AIDS Care and Treatment Project (it is now Ethiopia ACT.) As their organization grew and they established a more permanent presence in the community, founders Andrew and Beverly Warren found it difficult to find long-term medical providers for their beneficiaries. They found themselves forced to rely on temporary medical teams traveling from the United States every three to four months to provide the medical expertise that was desperately needed in this community. One of these medical teams included The Addis Clinic founders, Stephen and Sol Chan, both physicians who witnessed first-hand the dire need for reliable and quality health care among this vulnerable community.
The trip prompted them to ask “Is it possible to offer more consistent medical care for underserved patients from a distance while supporting local clinicians?” With telemedicine emerging as a critical component of the healthcare crisis solution, it became clear that these interactions could be feasible across thousands of miles. As a result, The Addis Clinic was founded in 2010 with the desire to improve the health of numerous impoverished Ethiopians and to eventually transform medical care for underserved populations across the developing world.
To utilize telemedicine to connect skilled physicians with underserved patients around the world by partnering with local organizations serving in resource limited settings.
- Humanitarian: We will strive to meet the health needs of the impoverished around the world who have limited access to medical care. We will augment existing healthcare to offer an option for those with inadequate alternatives. Additionally, as we build our network of physicians, we will seek to connect frontline health workers with a network of global health experts.
- Facilitate: We will facilitate opportunities for physicians in the United States to serve patients in East Africa and around the world. Many physicians have a desire to serve in the developing world, but do not have the time or means to travel for even a short duration of time. Our program will provide means through which physicians in the U.S. can directly aid this community.
- Research: Telemedicine is a developing field without extensive, rigorous study. As a pioneer in this form of health care, we have an opportunity to study what benefits exist through this medicine. After initial evaluation for project feasibility, we plan to conduct randomized clinic trials to further document the great potential of this model of health care.