Weber State University

In a country with more than 100 million people and a high car-crash fatality rate, Ethiopia’s demand for ambulances and trained emergency medical services (EMS) providers far exceeds its resources. But Weber State University professors and Ethiopian nurse anesthetist Kibret Abebe are working to improve emergency medical care for people in need.

As a surgical clinician, Abebe witnessed many preventable trauma deaths – victims, he said, who were not provided the immediate emergency care they needed to survive until surgery. As a result, Abebe dedicated his life to creating Ethiopia’s first private EMS company, Tebita Ambulance.