What We Do

The Challenge

Ethiopia is the second most populous nation in Africa, and among the top three fastest growing economies in the world. Yet despite this positive outlook, the country is facing a tragic pediatric crisis with 44,000+ spina bifida and hydrocephalus pregnancies each year.

Spina bifida and hydrocephalus are neural tube defects (NTDs) caused by a lack of folic acid in the mother’s diet. These NTDs damage the spinal cord, brain and vital functions of the newly born and cause stillbirths, infant mortality and profound, life-long disability.

How We Work – Converting Hope Into Results

Advocating for early detection, education, and food fortification

We work with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and public health experts from around the world to present and implement a folic acid food fortification program that will address the neural tube defect challenge at its roots.

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

We partner with Ethiopian hospital administrators and neurosurgeons to create Centers of Excellence in Pediatric Neurosurgery to increase the number of surgeries performed and save the lives of thousands of babies each year.

Raising aftercare standards to prevent future health problems

We collaborate with international NGOs and health care partners to give lectures and design medical trainings that focus on providing patient centered care teams so that every child has a chance to live a full and independent life.

Centers of Excellence in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Our Centers of Excellence aim to provide “timely, value based, patient centered and superior care” to spina bifida and hydrocephalus patients. Our goal is for each Center of Excellence to include cross-specialty collaboration where specialists practice together and provide “one-stop service” so that patients can have all needs addressed in one visit to the hospital.

Centers of Excellence in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Our Centers of Excellence aim to provide “timely, value based, patient centered and superior care” to spina bifida and hydrocephalus patients. Our goal is for each Center of Excellence to include cross-specialty collaboration where specialists practice together and provide “one-stop service” so that patients can have all needs addressed in one visit to the hospital.


Igniting Change, Reaching Further

We activate partnerships worldwide to give children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida the hope for a better future.

“At a time when international security is the focus of our country and the world, ReachAnother Foundation provides the soft diplomatic approach that supports respect and the sharing of knowledge and experience, to build a long-term foundation of trust and connection.”

Carolyn Esky

Bend, Volunteer