Centers of Excellence

We are using the Center of Excellence model to raise medical, procedural and facility standards

Every child deserves access to quality healthcare

What is a Center of Excellence?

A Center of Excellence is a team, a shared facility, that provides leadership, best practices, research, support and/or training for a focus area. In Ethiopia, Centers of Excellence in Pediatric Neurosurgery aim to provide timely, value based, patient centered and superior care to spina bifida and hydrocephalus children.

Centers of Excellence are committed to

Cross-specialty collaboration where specialists will practice together and provide “one-stop service” so that patients can have all needs addressed in one visit to the hospital.

A team environment enabling case workers, pediatricians, dieticians, physical therapists and midwives, orthopedists, neurologists and public health workers and the HOPE SBH parent organization to work in unison to provide mothers and children with the best possible care.

Thoughtful care and support for babies born with neural tube defects and their families.

Specialized facilities where parents can find answers and nurses provide a warm and welcoming environment.


Our vision is to create a nationwide network of pediatric neurosurgical Centers of Excellence in Ethiopia. Each one will provide state of the art preventive, operative and multidisciplinary care for all patients with spina bifida and hydrocephalus so that they can live independent, and thriving lives.

ReachAnother Centers of Excellence in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Ayder C.S Hospital

Gondar University Hospital

Thibebe Ghion Specialized Hospital

Zewditu Hospital


St Peter’s Specialized Hospital

Hawassa University Hospital

Contribute Foundation supports Zewditu Hospital in Addis Ababa

“Your foundation has been giving our hospital tremendous support in different ways, especially in the discipline of pediatric neurosurgery for the past 10 years. You have made the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurosurgery a reality in our set-up”
Dr. Zelalem

CEO Zewditu Hospital, Addis Ababa

What are spina bifida and hydrocephalus?

Spina bifida and hydrocephalus are neural tube defects (NTDs), which are birth defects that affect a baby’s spine, spinal cord, or brain.

Normally, a fetus’ neural tube develops into their brain, spinal cord, and spinal column, but if a mother does not have sufficient folic acid in her diet during pregnancy the neural tube does not fully form or close completely.

Spina bifida, “open back,” occurs when the spine has failed to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Surgery is needed to close the defect immediately after birth to prevent infection and preserve the existing function in the spinal nerves. Approximately 90% of babies born with spina bifida are also impacted by hydrocephalus, “water on the brain.”

Babies born with hydrocephalus suffer a fluid build up in their brain, which causes an enlarged head and, if untreated, will cause brain damage and death. Treatment of hydrocephalus consists of implanting a shunt to drain the excess fluid. When treated in a timely fashion, the overwhelming majority of these babies can go on to lead healthy lives.

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“It was incredible to be able to volunteer in the hospital as a medical student and watch as the life of a child with hydrocephalus was forever changed. But it also gave me the chance to realize that giving a life to one child also means helping that child's mother, father, family and loved ones. It provides the community with hope to know that someone cares and is willing to help.”

Lacey Menkin MD

Orlando, Florida Medical Student

We are committed to

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

John Moseley, PHD

Board Member

John received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and has received multiple awards for his research there, at SRI, and at UO. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the AAAs, is listed in Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, in America, and in the World. He has participated at the National and International level in numerous scientific and educational committees and activities. At the local level, he has participated in a number of research, economic development, and arts related initiatives.

Dr. Moseley retired in 2006. He and his wife, Susan, live in Eugene, OR.
John has participated in visits to Ethiopia as a volunteer member of the ReachAnother Foundation team 2015 and 2017.

"My wife Susan and I first became interested in the work in Ethiopia through our friendship with Dick and Patricia. After attending a fund-raising dinner in Bend in 2012, my wife we hosted one in Eugene, and became increasingly involved, so when I was asked to join the Board in 2014 I was more than happy to do so. Participating with the team in Ethiopia in 2015 helped me to realize the effectiveness and potential of this effort, and I have appreciated the opportunity to help ever since."

We’re in it for the babies. For the families.
For Ethiopia. For the world.
We are dedicated to this work, our human family and to one another.
We are united to transform.
We are a catalyst for change.