While access to anesthesia is improving in Addis Ababa, there is still much to be done. It has been a paramount goal of Resolute Health and its partner hospitals to help bridge the gap so patients and communities have access to safe anesthesia.

Resolute Health led by Dr. Richard Solazzi, board chair and retired anesthesiologist from Seattle’s Swedish Hospital has held special trainings for medical residents in anesthesiology in Addis Ababa, as well as help provide better equipment and facilities to administer anesthesia.


Prior to Resolute Health involvement, two of our partner hospitals in Ethiopia had no post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) for surgical patient recovery.

  • During the 2011 trip, Resolute Health volunteers built a PACU including wiring it and putting up walls with help from US Embassy personnel that Resolute Health recruited, equipped it with beds, oxygen lines, and patient monitors, and trained nurses to run it.

  • In 2017, a similar partner hospital had this need. Patients were being shipped directly from the operating room onto the floor without monitoring. Resolute Health helped build PACU in the hospital.

Current priorities

  • Train more medical residents in anesthesia

  • Bring More Ethiopian anesthesia residents to do exchange education programs in the United States