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Reducing maternal death in Eritrea

Eritrean mother with child


In the market town of Senafe, in southern Eritrea, Fethawi Berhane has just undergone three days of painful labor and complications during childbirth that resulted in the death of her baby, despite the best efforts of a traditional birth attendant. Fethawi herself is lucky to have survived, given the unhygenenic and poorly equipped medical conditions in which she had to give birth.

Fethawi’s case is not unique in Eritrea, which once had the highest maternal mortality rates in the world (about 1400 deaths per 100,000 births). The main contributor to this troublesome rate was the high incidence of obstructed labor.

The rural nature of Eritrea, with its poor communication and transportation infrastructure, particularly in outlying areas, has caused 80 percent of deliveries to take place without a physician or trained midwife present.

Today, however, Eritrea is one of the four African countries said to be on track to achieve Millennium Development Goal 5 on Maternal Health, which calls for countires to reduce their maternal mortality rate by three quarters by 2015. For Eritrea, this will mean attaining a rate of less than 350 deaths per 100,000 births.

This drastic positive change has come about through the concerted programmes and persistent efforts of the Government of the State of Eritrea, in partnership with UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and UNDP.

These programmes and efforts have led to intensified maternal health campaigns that have provided information about, and increased awareness of, maternal issues in the country. They have also conducted local-language training sessions in rural areas to improve traditional birth attendants' delivery skills and better prepare them for difficult labor.

Thanks to these efforts, each community in Eritrea now has fully-trained maternal care givers and expectant mothers living far from medical centers do not have to risk their lives travelling long distances while in labor. Instead, trained birth attendants visit them in their homes before and after delivery to provide medical assistance and ensure that both mother and baby are in good health.

Additional funding in the amount of US$88 million will be required in the next four years to ensure universal coverage of maternal and neonatal health intervention in Eritrea. Such assurances will provide hope to women like Fethawi Berhane, for whom childbirth will no longer be a matter of life or death.
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  1. Fantastic news. I bet the media mafias will never report this in BBC and CNN. No no no... it's not in they're interest.

    Keep up the progress.

  2. U want this to be aired on cnn / bbc ....laughable...foolish.

  3. It doesn't matter if its on cnn or bbc this is what the goverment should do. That is why they are not concerned with praise or validation.

  4. The fact of the matter is Eritrea is empty of its childbearing youngsters; they fled isaias afewerki reign of terror in droves, flooding the Sudan, Kenya , Uganda Yemen, Israel , the European countries etc,

    Under this circumstance, it is not, as isaias afewerki claims, the mortality of mothers and children that is reduced but there are no newly born children because there are no childbearing youngsters.

    Remember when isaias afewerki was denying that there were no Eritreans fleeing his reign of terror and that it was the UNCHR and others who were inventing the issue to get at him for his exemplary work his leadership was accomplishing in Eritrea?

    Remember also when he retorted that he was not a thief to wedi Abe TV interview two year ago?

    Now, all that lies and many others are public secrets: he is stashing $ 700,000,000.00 at Swiss bank using a pseudonym and for $ 300,000,000.00, he has promised the European countries to cut in half the Eritreans fleeing his reign of terror.

  5. Goradew agamewoch goreduh. Men yeshaleh

  6. Aya tewelde kanza bezehuka.

  7. Hji do Hayish way way ! LOL

  8. Do you know what the word Geldam means?

    Asha, isn't it?

    Words must reflect the matter of fact, are they not?

    Now, let's see who is the Geldam in fact, you or me?

    You support isaias afewerki; I don't.

    You support him in spite of the fact that he has been waging reign of terror on our people for the last fifteen years;

    You call him President in spite of the fact our people never elected him, abolished the People's Constitution and Baito

    He is a thief that has stashed $ 700,000,000.00 at Swiss bank under a pseudonym.

    He is a self confessed human trafficker

    The UN is investigation him for human right violations etc.

    Despite all that and many numerous other crimes, you support him. Would any intelligent person attribute your support to any sort of wisdom?

    Absolutely not, because only foolish ( Geldam) person like you can support such criminal.

    Wake up from your folly, as we say, Adka kzmetdo aynka y'emet!

  9. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 30, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Yes we know Goradew-ugumesh... u love ur masters--we know!!..

  10. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 30, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Indeed good news for our beloved Eritrea!!...and of-course'''' a migraine--> to the enemies.


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