In 2008, a group of doctors and nurses from Seattle’s Swedish Hospital began traveling on medical aid missions across Latin America. Their groundwork became the foundation of Resolute Health.
However, a pattern soon emerged that frustrated them: The short-term humanitarian service model left no sustainable benefits for the communities they were helping.
To address this need, Resolute Health’s founders came to understand that each change takes time and long-standing partnerships. We committed to working in one place. We provide training, equipment, ongoing support, and established partnerships with local hospitals.
After expanding its agenda, Resolute Health was able to gain the experience and the insight needed to implement a successful knowledge, skills, and equipment transfer model.
In 2009, Resolute Health broke away form the model of many medical aid initiatives by directly reaching out to hospitals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to explore collaborative aid efforts. Today, we work closely with hospital administrators and medical staff to jointly identify areas of great need. Using this collaborative model as a blueprint, Resolute Health hopes to build lasting sustainable healthcare in communities throughout the world.
From the beginning, two core values have guided our work:
Community Driven: From the ground up, each of our interventions is initiated by an expressed need from within the Ethiopian medical community. We work as peers at the physician, administrative, and systems level. Whether that means skills-based training to master a technique, providing the equipment needed to perform a procedure, or designing a study to understand your outcomes—our role is first to listen, and then work together to design practical solutions.
Sustainability Focused: Our partner physicians in Ethiopia accomplish incredible feats amid intense resource scarcity and complexity. In order to be useful, we rigorously assess the sustainability of each of our interventions. Our goal is to equip our partners with the skills and equipment they need to keep providing care long after we depart.