Adopt a Children’s Hospital 2

  • Where: ASMARA, ERITREA
  • What we do: REFURBISHMENT OF THE WARD B FOR PAEDIATRIC PATIENTS
  • For whom: 30.000 ERITREAN CHILDREN
  • What you can do: DONATE 10 EURO A MONTH

Title of the project

Adopt a Children’s Hospital 2

Place of the action

Asmara, Eritrea

Description of the context

The health of children is a major issue in Eritrea, as well as in other developing countries. The main causes of infant mortality (0-5 years old) in Eritrea are: pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and malnutrition, in addition to neonatal causes (infections, prematurity birth, asphyxia at birth) affecting more than a quarter (27%) of the total children mortality 0-5 years (source: UNICEF)
Eritrea is making a great effort to fight infant mortality, with a reduction of 4% per year over the last decade, thanks to the work done by the Ministry of Health on malaria control, prevention of infectious diseases by vaccination (90% coverage with measles elimination), and improvements in the prevention and treatment of major diseases, which causes children death.
Annulliamo la Distanza realized important projects for cooperation in the field of paediatric health care in the past, in 2004 and in 2019 for the rehabilitation of the ER at Orotta Paediatric Hospital in Asmara (the only children’s hospital on Eritrean territory where each year 30,000 children are visited), in collaboration with the Eritrean Ministry of Health, the Hospital Meyer in Florence, the Hospital Carlo Pizzardi of Bologna ( in 2019) and with the support of the Tuscany Region. After almost twelve years, a new intervention on the structure appears to be necessary in order to cope with the health problems of the multitude of children residing Eritrea: in agreement with the Ministry of Health and the Orotta Hospital Administration, we decided to intervene with masonry work and supply of medical equipment. In order to cope with the health problems of children living in Eritrea, in agreement with the Ministry of Health of the Eritrean Government and the Orotta Hospital Management, we decided to rehabilitate the ward B, located at the first floor of the Orotta Paediatric Hospital.

The project

The project aims at improving the public health quality services in Eritrea through reconstruction and rehabilitation works for the paediatric medical facilities and at supplying medical materials. The project aims at providing to children basic health conditions: a prerequisite for building a culture of peace and non-violence. We need to ensure an effective diagnosis and treatment for children, but also prevention, education and information for mothers and more generally for families.
Specifically, the following activities will be implemented:
1) Restructuring of the ward B, located at the first floor of the Orotta Paediatric Hospital, by:
-Painting of internal and external walls
-Refurbishment of the floor
-Rehabilitation of the toilets
– Reconstruction of the electrical system
2) Supplying medical equipment and consumable material.
3) Training courses for nurses and health staff for acquiring skills and knowledge in the field of paediatric assistance and work organization according to the most recent Evidence Based Practice Nursing.

The project is co-funded by the Delegation of the European Union, Centro Salute Globale  and Annulliamo la Distanza private funds.

Achieved results

In January 2020,  AnlaDi, the Eritrean Ministry of Health and the administration of the Orotta paediatric hospital signed a memorandum of understanding for the rehabilitation of the first floor (WARD B) of Orotta paediatric hospital. Following the signature of the MoU, a contract was immediately signed with Segen Construction Company for promptly start the renovation works. Purchase orders for construction, hydraulic and electrical material were made and in March 2020 the first 40 “container was sent to Massawa, with expected arrival on April 28, 2020.

A training course for nurses, health assistants and cleaners took place in December 2019.