Steps for Life: 50 Years of Cheshire in Ethiopia 1962-2012. Remarkable People, Extraordinary Times (Paperback)Robert Waterhouse (author)
Paperback 104 Pages / Published: 23/09/2012
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Leonard Cheshire VC was approached in 1961 to open a Cheshire home in Addis Ababa by the Ethiopian royal family in the persons of Princess Seble Desta and Commander Iskinder Desta, grandchildren of Emperor Haile Selassie. Having visited Addis in Autumn 1961 on the way back from India, he sent a state-registered nurse, Denise Tabernacle, with just GBP50 in her purse, to test the Destas' goodwill. The home was formally constituted, with Princess Seble as chairman, in November 1962. From small beginnings in a house lent by Princess Sophie, another Desta, the Cheshire Home moved in 1965 to an estate outside Addis provided by Princess Tenagnework, Haile Selassie's eldest daughter, who became patron of Cheshire. It was there that the mainly Ethiopian staff developed a routine which was to take in 100 polio children each year and, after operation and rehabilitation, send them back into their communities. The Derg revolution of 1974 spelt tragedy for the royal family, but Cheshire survived as an entity. Famine and civil war followed. However, by the early 1990s when Prime Minister Meles Zenawi took control and the federal state was created, Cheshire had begun to establish an outreach service allowing it to follow up on polio cases around the country. In the modern world, Cheshire Services Ethiopia, as it's now known, has centres in Hawassa, Dire Dawe and Harar as well as Addis Ababa; it provides an outpatient clinic for adults, mainly amputees, and is broadening its approach to other ambulant disability; it is principally funded by the UK-based charity Ethiopiaid, but is the most effective locally-based NGO at fundraising in Ethiopia. It is non-sectarian and gives treatment completely free at source. Robert Waterhouse's history is illustrated by both historic black-and-white and contemporary colour pictures. It shows how Cheshire Services Ethiopia became the most effective non-governmental post-polio force in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Publisher: Baquis Press
Number of pages: 104
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 x 8 mm
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