Healthcare in Africa: A Report from the Front Lines
A conversation with Dr. Rick Hodes
Join us on Wednesday, March 31 at 8 PM as Dr. Hodes discusses the current healthcare situation in Ethiopia and across Africa. Learn about the most pressing challenges, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the TPF community can assist in supporting the needs of our brothers and sisters in Africa.
This virtual event will be held via Zoom. To register, click here.
About Dr. Rick Hodes
Dr. Hodes is the medical director of JDC’s Ethiopia Spine and Heart project. After receiving internal medicine training from Johns Hopkins, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at Addis Ababa University. Later, he was hired by the JDC to assist Ethiopian immigrants going to Israel needing medical attention. In 1990, he participated in Operation Solomon, airlifting 14,400 immigrants to Israel in 24 hours saving many from tuberculosis. In 1999 he volunteered at Mother Theresa’s Mission, helping two young boys with tuberculosis of the spine. In 2005, he then met Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, a Ghanian-American spine surgeon in New York that founded FOCOS (Foundation for Orthopedics and Complex Spines), helping Africans with spinal deformities. Dr. Hodes went on to work with Dr. Boachie-Adjei and have now helped save over 1000 Ethiopian patients and returned them safely to Ghana over the past 13 years.
Hodes’ work in Ethiopia was the subject of an HBO documentary, Making the Crooked Straight, and a Marilyn Berger book, This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes. He has been recognized as a “CNN Hero” and is a recipient of the the American College of Physicians’ “Mastership” and the Rosenthal Award for creative practice of medicine.