Project Site Name: The Mela Project
Project Site Location: Mek’ele, Ethiopia
Project Site Partners: Mekelle University
UIC CGH Faculty Contact: Gelila Goba
Mekelle University is a public higher education institution located in Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia. Mekelle is one of the largest public universities in Ethiopia and student intake capacity has reached over 10% of the city’s population.
The Mela Project, a medical residency peering program created by Dr. Goba in collaboration with Mekelle University,, seeks to establish an “OB/GYN Center of Excellence” at Mekelle University, with expansion into South Sudan, Uganda, and Somaliland. The goal of the program is to increase the number of OB/GYNs in Ethiopia through resident training at Mekelle University.
The Mela Project was conceived in 2015 to support the Federal Ministry of Health’s efforts in starting an OB/Gyn residency program at Mekelle University that could support the education and training of OB/Gyn residents. The project has been supported by the Chicago-based IDP Foundation as well as a UIC Chancellor Seed Grant.