Adopt a Children’s Hospital
- Where: ASMARA, ERITREA
- What we do: REFURBISHMENT OF THE PAEDIATRIC EMERGENCY
- For whom: 30.000 ERITREAN CHILDREN
- What you can do: DONATE 10 EURO A MONTH
Title of the project
Adopt a Children’s Hospital in Eritrea
Place of the action
Description of the context
Children’s health 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, diarrhea, malaria and malnutrition, in addition to neonatal causes (infections, premature 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 cause infant death.
Annulliamo la Distanza realized important projects for cooperation in the field of paediatric health care in the past. In 2004 it worked 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 and the Hospital Meyer in Florence, and with the support of the Tuscany Region. After almost twelve years, a new intervention on the structure was 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.
October 24, 2019, has been an important day for our organisation. After massive efforts, we inaugurated the emergency department at the Orotta Paediatric Hospital in Asmara which every year welcomes over 30,000 children.During the same week, thanks to the collaboration with the Meyer Hospital of Florence and Maggiore Hospital of Bologna, over 110 young Eritrean doctors have been trained. We invite you to watch the 2-minute video done by Andrea Mafrica.
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US:
More challenges are awaiting us. We want to restructure the entire Orotta Paediatric hospital and we want to maintain it. We need your help.
Thank you, “CHILDREN FIRST”!