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Eritrea – Health and Health Care: Leave No One Behind

The overall goal for the health system in Eritrea as articulated in the Health Sector Strategic Development Plan (2013-2016) is the improvement of health status, general wellbeing, longevity and economic productivity for all Eritreans.

The Secrets behind Eritrea’s health sector success: Investment in human capital, a strong Government commitment, with the ability to motivate and mobilize people behind a set of goals.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),

In 1946, the right to health was first articulated in the World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution, stating that, “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.”

Shortly thereafter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 217A (III) of 10th December 1948, outlined that everyone has the right to health, including health care. Continue reading Eritrea – Health and Health Care: Leave No One Behind

World Tuberculosis Day 2014: Insight on Eritrea’s Tuberculosis Reduction

Godaif Community Hospital Eritrea. Directly observed treatment for tuberculosis

By Fikrejesus Amahazion,

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 9 million people per year are infected with Tuberculosis (TB), with the large majority of these cases located within the world’s poorest, least developed countries [i].

In Eritrea, a young, developing country, TB has long been a significant public health issue – representing a major cause of morbidity and mortality – and an influential factor in severe economic loss and the exacerbation of poverty [ii].  Continue reading World Tuberculosis Day 2014: Insight on Eritrea’s Tuberculosis Reduction

African Union AIDS Summit is a ‘Talk Shop’

Conferences of this kind, with grandly-worded commitments, usually accomplish little.

They gathered once more for a talk shop

By Azad Essa (Al Jazeera),

Dubbed a “special summit” on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the summit has brought together African leaders in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to discuss progress in alleviating the threats posed by the three diseases.

And yet a trip to #Abuja+12 to discuss “progress” could be considered superfluous. A simple stroll down to a local clinic in Yibe, Addis Ababa or Khayelitsha in Cape Town or Kibera in Nairobi would give a true account of actual progress made in combating these diseases on the continent.

For anyone ever affected by TB, malaria or HIV/AIDS, directly or indirectly, which is a majority of Africans, these summits and their grandly worded commitments usually mean little.  Continue reading African Union AIDS Summit is a ‘Talk Shop’