Adopt a Children’s Hospital

  • 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

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, diarrhea, 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, first of all in 2004 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 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.

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 paediatric emergency room:
-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) Trainings to medical doctors and health staff in cooperation with Maggiore Hospital of Bologna and Meyer Hospital of Florence, with whom AnlaDi signed memoranda of understanding
4) A research for detecting early diabetes in paediatric age, in cooperation with Maggiore Hospital of Bologna

The project is co-funded by the Delegation of the European Union and Annulliamo la Distanza private funds. Tuscany Region contributed to the project.

Achieved result

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 still have a mission to carry out and we still need to complete the important research on detecting diabetes in early age: by June 2020, results of the research will be published.

We invite you to watch the 2-minute video done by Andrea Mafrica.
More challenges are awaiting us. We want to restructure the entire Orotta Paediatric hospital and we need your help.
Thank you, “CHILDREN FIRST”!