Taffari Mekonnen Hospital (Dessye, ET)

A 50-bed hospital situated in Dessye, Ethiopia, formerly operated by the Ethiopian Union Mission. Seventh-day Adventist medical work in Ethiopia was begun by Dr. George Bergman, who arrived with his wife, Gertrude, and baby son in September 1926. After considering the offers of various chiefs he decided to accept that of the ruler of Wallo (Wollo) province, Ras (Prince) Taffari Makonnen (who later became Emperor Haile Selassie I), and to locate a hospital in Dessye (Dessie), the capital of Wallo province. Arriving in Dessye in December 1927, Dr. Bergman built the hospital (opened in 1929) and dwellings under difficult circumstances. He baked his own bricks and cut his lumber from a forest two days away by mule. In January 1929 Marie Haseneder, the first SDA nurse to work in Ethiopia, arriv...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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