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'Eritrea has achieved impressive progress on health-related MDGs' - UN

Eritrean delegation hosting a MDGs discussion during the 69th UN General Assembly on 26 Sept 2014 (Credit: UNDP Africa)


Eritrea has achieved impressive progress on health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), members of the United Nations and the Government observed here in an event organized during the UN General Assembly.

The discussion was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nations, the UN Resident Coordinator in Asmara, Christine Umutoni, with the Foreign Minister of Eritrea, Osman Saleh and Yoka Brandt, the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF as keynote speakers.

In more than twenty years since independence, the Eastern African country reduced child mortality by two thirds, decreased the maternal mortality ratio from 1,700 to 380 per 100,000 live births, and maintained exceptionally low HIV and tuberculosis prevalence rates.

Around 98 percent of all children are now immunized, as compared with 14 percent only at independence. 

“Eritrea has emerged from 30 years of a devastating war, with non-existing infrastructural, institutional and human resources capacity,” said Osman Saleh. “It has been able to make real progress in all areas of social, economic and political development,” he added.

Eritrea’s concerted efforts, bold policies and considerable investments are considered responsible for the dramatic changes in the health sector.

 “What we see as development partners, what is responsible for this success is community participation, the enabling environment, leadership, strong mechanisms for prevention, value for money and coordinated inter-sectoral approaches,” said Christine Umutoni.

 She added that community and women’s involvement were key to tackling health challenges.

Ms. Umutoni also pointed out that the country has put into place a number of innovations to accelerate change. These include temporary maternal clinics, mobile medical units, as well as knowledge of migration patterns and remote areas.

Generating statistics, sustaining funding, partnerships with the private sector and human resource capacity were identified as priorities.

Participants agreed that success on MDGs 4, 5 and 6 should serve as lessons for all other goals and targets, and inform priorities for the post-2015 development agenda in Eritrea.

 Keynote addresses were followed by technical presentations by Abraham Kidane, Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Development, and Usman Abdulmumini, WHO representative in Eritrea.

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  1. GO ERITREA GO ERITREA this success may seem nothing to some idiots who only live in the dreaming world but for real Eritreans its a big success while the sanction that has imposed is still on you. Awet Nihafash

  2. Thanks to GOD. Very true! I hope many would change their mind after the Int'l world recognized the success registered.

  3. ንወድ፡ሰብ፡ቀዳማይ፡ዘድልዮ፡ገንዘብ፡አይኮነን።

  4. I would like to congratulate members at the ministry of health for their dedication despite the hardship they faced.
    And not least the late Salih Meki for making the ministry a good environment for work.
    Let this success be the lesson for political institutions.
    Awet ni Hafash!

  5. According to the Eritran regime and it's puppets, We have been told again and again the UN is one corrupted organization. We have been told the UN takes direct order from Washington. We have been told Washington is the enemy of Eritrea.

    Why all the sudden jumping of the hoops celebrating over UN statement? People wake up, don't you know the Eritrea we know to get MRI done you have to go across the boarder to Sudan?

  6. ጥእና፡የሐበልና፡አቶ፡ተክሌ።

  7. I guess i have to write it again, i congratulate members at the ministry of health for achieving this against all odds (specially for those who work at very remote part of the country and combat different kind of diseases and health issues with very little money and resources).
    Last but not least the late minister Salih Meki for your devotion and for making the ministry friendly and brotherly environment.
    Let this success be a lesson for our political institutions.
    Awet ni Hafash

  8. A dream for Democracy and individual right goes to die where a Dictator is celebrated as a God in countries such as Eritera and North Korea.


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