Emergency Surgical Officer: The Ethiopian Integrated Innovative Masters PA Analogue Profession


  • Fitsum Negash


Ethiopia, Surgical Officers


Emergency Surgical Officers training arose in Ethiopia in 2010 to address the problems which exist after construction of Hospitals, Human Resource gap that existed for both surgical and maternal health care as specialists are limited to capital cities. It was designed as a task sharing profession by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) in the country at a time when maternal and neonatal mortality rates were exceedingly high and paralleled by a shortage of specialist doctors.

Author Biography

Fitsum Negash

A graduate from the Integrated Emergency Surgery program at the University of Gondar, Fitsum Taye Negash serves the people of his country of Ethiopia in a multitude of ways. While maintaining a position as the current Vice President of the Professional Association of Emergency Surgical Officers of Ethiopia, he has managed to juggle volunteer work with the Ethiopia for Global Youth Network, become a founding member of the World Humanitarian Community, maintain the Communication board position with the International Association of Physician Assistant Educators and be involved in improving safe surgical practices with the Ministry of Health for Ethiopia.

His establishment of Cholera Treatment Centers during the Cholera Epidemic in 2010 to assist in control of the disease as well as his continued work with subsequent Pandemic Preparedness Plans thereafter have made him a role model in the medical community. Fitsum continues to participate in revision of Ethiopian obstetric management protocols and safe surgical practices for hospitals and Health centers across the region; and has been recently awarded an “outstanding clinical practitioner” in the year 2020 by the Global Association of Clinical Officers and Physician Associates (GACOPA) for his creation of an operation service at the primary health care level which was previously limited to hospitals. Fitsum is also a technical working member of MPDSR ( Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response)  for both the Ethiopian Public Health institute and Ministry of health , assisting on preparing the Training Manuals for Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation in Ethiopia. Fitsum is an accredited Master Trainer of Trainers (TOT) on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for Health workers in Ethiopia and works as a Medical Advisory Board Member to Mansaray Foundation in Sierra Leone.




How to Cite

Negash, F. (2021). Emergency Surgical Officer: The Ethiopian Integrated Innovative Masters PA Analogue Profession. Social Innovations Journal, 8. Retrieved from https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/993