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Tebita Ambulance – CEO

Acumen Fellow Kibret is the Founder and CEO of Tebita, Ethiopia’s first private ambulance company. Car crashes are quite common in Addis—in 2016 alone, there were 463 fatal crashes, or about 13.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Quite often, the few ambulances provided by the government can’t or don’t make it to the scene of a crash in time, leaving people to find their own way to the hospital. Kibret witnessed life and life lost because people didn’t have access to urgent care. He believed these deaths could’ve been prevented if only emergency services could reach accident victims and provide them with proper treatment on the spot. The government’s ambulance service—even with the help of the Red Cross—couldn’t meet the city’s growing demand for emergency care.

Kibret named his company Tebita. In the Ethiopian language of Amharic , “tebita” means “a drop.” To Kibret, it’s his approach to problem-solving and changing the world around him.

Since Tebita was founded in 2008, the company has treated more than 65,000 people and trained another 45,000 in emergency first response. For Kibret, one of the most exciting parts of running Tebita today is not only saving lives, but also providing his fellow Ethiopians with employment.