Welcome to the winter issue (Vol 2, No. 1) of p2p e-Health Newsletter. This edition also happens to be our anniversary issue, a year to the month since the first inaugural publication came out in January 2019. On behalf of the whole editorial team, I would like to wish our readership a Happy, Prosperous and Productive New Year, 2020.
The newsletter has now added a Comments Section so that we can receive feedback on the overall quality and coverage of topics, and specific comments on published articles. Such interactions will help the editorial team hone and calibrate the contents of the newsletter. Our long -term plan is to transition the newsletter into a full-fledged peer-reviewed journal. We will get there one day.
Various topics are covered in this issue. In the Spotlight Section, the stellar career of Professor Yemane Berhane is presented. Rising scientists in the health and other fields can extract useful lessons from his attractive profile on how collaborative research can produce an impressive body of published work. It can also inspire a generation of future scholars.
In a commentary titled “HealthCare Innovation 101: Don’t Forget Patients,” Dr. Sosena Kebede emphasizes the need for patients to be included as an integral part of their own care. Patient-centered healthcare that involves patients is bound to improve not only satisfaction but also favorable outcomes. A patient who can relate to and trust his/her provider is more likely to be compliant with advice and follow-up care.
The Clinical Nuggets Section carries an article “A Journey to Save the Lives of Breast Cancer Patients,” by Dr. Wubalem Bedilu who explains the complexity of conditions related to early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in Ethiopia. She draws from an encountered case of a patient who refused radical intervention because of the stigma that the results of surgical procedure would have entailed. The author reports that of all cancer types in Ethiopia, breast cancer is the commonest. She concludes that, despite scarcity of diagnostic equipment and lack of awareness on the part of patients, some positive steps are being taken to ameliorate the situation.
Prof Bisrat and co-investigators report an interesting research finding on international rotations for pharmacy students. Based on the analysis of data obtained from survey respondents, they found out that a high percentage of them favor such rotations, although those who did would not necessarily participate themselves if the opportunity provided.
In the News and Highlights Section, the Ethiopian Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists Association (EPPAD) is profiled. This young association has collaborated with and participated at various p2p-sponsored platforms. As an important partner and component of the health care delivery system, the association is poised to contribute to patient care by providing better, evidence-based and all-rounded pharmaceutical services.
Fekadu Fullas, RPh, PhD
Editor in Chief, p2p e-Health Newsletter