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UN, Eritrea showcase country’s health successes

Eritrea has achieved all health related MDGs ahead of its December 2015 deadline 

UN, Eritrea showcase country’s health successes

by Berhane Habtemariam

Eritrea has achieved impressive progress on health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), members of the United Nations and the Government observed served 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 consider able 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. Do they want to learn how to build a nation brick by brick. It is time to see how the "can do" country, Eritrea, is doing it. With sweat and hard work is the Eritrean way!
    Thanks Eritrea for making us proud!

  2. Eritrea was suppose to neeldown, but Eritrea new already how to come out from the dark, thus emerged successful to the desmay of the illwishers and devils. Any one who doesn't believe have to go and see. He/She will be welcomed by the generous people of Eritrea.

  3. ንኪድ፡ጥራይ !!!

  4. I'm excited to see what Eritrea will do in the next 20-30 yrs in my generation. If you look at the economic, social, health, and especially EDUCATION of Eritrea, it's a success indicator of what's coming in the near future. The last war was a setback for a major comeback. Our successful nation building will surprise the world. Pretty good for a country that's younger then me (25yrs old).

    I don't care if Addis has few shiny buildings... the greatest ASSET is it's people and the VISION to take us to the future.

    Let's make it happen!

  5. Eritrea still standing, still tall!
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  6. Perseverance against all opposition crushing all limitations. Pure strength through solitude discipline and determination.
    Awet N'hafash!! Zelalemawi Z'kri N'swuatna!!! Long Live The People/Shaebia/Eritrea!!!...

  7. Thanks for the link berhane.

  8. People, stop confusing us.

    One time you cry about no University in Eritrea and the next day you say you have the best education system in the world. You say your self-reliant, best race in Africa ....... bla bla have built paradise and we find you begging door to door for hostage-held plastic-burning brothers in Sinai.

    Stop being Italian, Singapooorian, Arab, Cuba, Vietnam or Health and Education.... success country. For God's sake for once in your History be Eritreans.


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