As Eritreans around the world celebrate their country’s 26th Independence Anniversary, it is the realization of what they have been able to achieve, against all odds and despite extreme hostilities, which will inspire and boost confidence in the young nation’s future. Continue reading Eritrea – A Confident Nation→
In a meeting organized by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) that took place on 26th May 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the out-going Chairperson of ALMA, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, praised Eritrea and other African countries that have achieved the target of reducing malaria incidence and commended the leaders of those countries for their vision and commitment.
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 unhygienic and poorly equipped medical conditions in which she had to give birth.
According to the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) report, Eritrea is one of the only four African countries on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal on Maternal Health (MDG 5).
The United Nation’s MDG 5 calls for developing countries to reduce their maternal mortality rate by 75 percent in 2015. In Eritrea’s case, this means reducing its maternal mortality rate from 1,400 deaths per 100,000 births (which was once the highest maternal mortality rate in the world) down to 350 deaths by 2015. Continue reading Eritrea: Maternal Deaths Reduced by 80%→