AHEAD runs several programs in support of medical faculties in various universities in Ethiopia. These include:
Bursary Program – AHEAD operates a bursary program for medical students at the Universities of Addis Ababa, Gondar, Jimma and Mekelle. These monthly stipends, awarded on the basis of academic standing and financial need, help selected students supplement their funds for small necessities that are otherwise not covered. They are provided for 3 consecutive years until the student begin their internship.
Books and Journals Shipment – Universities in Ethiopia continue to face serious shortages of current medical books and journals. To respond to this problem, AHEAD runs a program which sends ups to 1000 medical books and journals annually to the Medical Faculty at Addis Ababa University (AAU). While the main recipient of the shipment is the Medical Library of AAU, beneficiaries include the Jimma, Gondar, Mekelle and Addis Ababa Medical Faculties. In this endeavor, AHEAD is assisted by various institutions (such as the Medical Sciences Library of the University of Ottawa, McGill University, local health institutions in Ottawa) and a group of medical doctors in Canada, who generously donate books, journals and other relevant publications on a regular basis. Moreover, an agreement with Ethiopian Airlines to ship books and journals to Addis Ababa at a special rate provides considerable assistance in meeting some of the financial pressures associated with storage, ground transportation, packing and air freight. Volunteers who travel to Addis Ababa and offer to carry a book or a box also greatly facilitate AHEAD’s efforts to get the books in the users’ hands as quickly as possible.
Equipment Project - In addition to the bursary and books programs, AHEAD runs a small equipment project through which it seeks to provide basic training and diagnostic tools, such as stethoscopes, for use by medical students during their training and upon graduation.