Bahir Dar Meets Dallas

October 27, 2019
BORNE began its journey in 2016 with American diaspora and doctors journeying to Bahir Dar Ethiopia. The past year, 2019, marked unprecedented moments for the initiative. This is because on October 24, 2019, at 11 o’clock in the morning, 2 people touched down at Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport. Those people came from Bahir Dar University in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. They are Dr. Zewdu Emiru, the Bahir Dar University VP of Information and Strategic Communication and Dr. Yeshigeta Gelaw, the Bahir Dar University VP and Chief Executive Director of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Zewdu and Dr. Yeshigeta came for a weekend of exchange, from medical knowledge transfer to cultural tradition swaps. Here’s what happened in those 4 days.
Bahir Dar meets Dallas. 
Thursday, October 24th, 2019
The Bahir Dar Doctors met with academic leaders of UT Southwestern and learned about the new medical school curriculum and the school's organizational structure. Then, they toured the Team-Based Learning room, an innovative new space and learning pathway for students. Following this, they received an overview of faculty appointments and promotions.
Later this day, the Bahir Dar Doctors toured Parkland hospital and then enjoyed a quaint dinner with the Global Health team. The Global Health team is comprised of Dr. Mehari Gebreyohanns, Dr. Amy Mathews, and Erica Asante.
Friday, October 25th, 2019
The Bahir Dar Doctors toured the state-of-the-art Simulation Center at UT Southwestern. Then, something major happened. The Bahir Dar Doctors signed the Memorandum of Understanding, marking an official partnership between Bahir Dar University and UT Southwestern.

Later this day, the Bahir Dar Doctors toured Zale Lipshy’s Stroke Rehab units, as well as the Neuroscience Ambulatory Clinic. After this, the team met with physicians from Children's Pediatric Residents Community Advocacy Education. Then, the team enjoyed a dinner hosted by Dr. Kathleen Bell, Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehab.
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
The Bahir Dar Doctors enjoyed their day sharing meals with Ethiopian professionals from higher-learning institutions in the Dallas area.  
Sunday, October 27th, 2019
The Bahir Dar Doctors attended service at St. Michael Orthodox Church of Dallas, where they were introduced to the congregation, met with a warm welcome. Following this, the team received warm welcomes from diaspora civic groups of the Dallas area.

It was a weekend of all sorts of exchange, just as The BORNE Alliance team experienced in Ethiopia. The BORNE Alliance looks forward to continuing the exchange during the next trip to Ethiopia.