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The Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) 2017-2021 is the fourth strategic medium-term cooperation framework for Eritrea. It outlines the collective vision and shared response of United Nations agencies in Eritrea to the National Indicative Development Plan (NIDP) 2014-2018 and responds directly to the goals of the National Charter of the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) to advance Eritrea’s sustainable development agenda and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Barentu, 16 February 2017- Nurse Temesgen Berhe, head of Barentu healthcare center, explained that the number of pregnant women who have been provided with efficient maternity service has been increasing along with the expansion of healthcare facilities.
Nurse Temesgen, further elaborated that the healthcare center has been offering pediatric service to children below 5 years of age, prenatal and postnatal service to pregnant women, voluntary blood test for HIV/AIDS as well as counseling service related to reproductive health.
Keren, 14 February 2017- Owing to concerted prevention actions so far taken in Ashara administrative area, Hagaz sub-zone, the prevalence of malaria, has in 2016 declined by 10% as compared to that of 2015.
According to Sister Senbetu Ghebrat, head of Healthcare center in Ashera administrative area, prevalence of various communicable diseases has substantially declined while prenatal and antenatal services has shown commendable progress.
Mendefera, 27 December 2016- A micro dam project is underway in Mai-Gorzo, Mai-Mine sub-zone.
Pointing out that the micro dam will have a capacity of holding 40 thousand metric cube of water, Mr. Zaid Berhane, coordinator of the project, commended the effort residents of the area have so far exerted towards the successful implementation of the project.
The residents of the area said that they use to travel for long hours to fetch water and expressed expectation that their problem will be alleviated with the completion of the project.
Massawa, 05 September 2016- Mr. Ali Edris Beshir, administrator of Nakfa sub-zone, said that dams constructed in post independence period have been playing significant role in solving deficit of potable water and in the development of vegetables farms.
Commending to the active involvement of the public in the construction of the dams, Mr. Edris said that 45 dams constructed in the past four years in the administrative areas of Bakla and Mariet have impounded adequate amount of water and thus making due contrition in the improvement of people's living standards.
Asmara, 29 August 2016 -Mr. Mehari Weldeghebriel, head of HIV/AIDS and STDs Control Unit at Health Ministry’s branch in the Central region, said that sustainable efforts are being exerted to control the prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Mehari also indicated that currently there are over 30 testing and counseling centers in the region providing voluntary services for HIV/AIDS cases and that concerted efforts have been exerted to eradicate the prevalence of all sexually transmitted diseases.
Asmara, 26 August 2016 - The Head of health facilities in Hagaz sub-zone, Mr. Gebremeskel Gebrehiwet, said that comparing to last year, the prevalence of malaria has witnessed 89% reduction.
He explained that sustainable awareness-raising campaigns regarding the cause of malaria prevalence coupled with the spraying activities and the clearing of mosquito breeding spots have proved vital in efforts to cope with the problem.
The residents on their part expressed readiness to conduct weekly sanitation popular campaigns, reports added.
Asmara, 26 August 2016 - The inhabitants of the Administrative areas of Adi-Akelo, Mai-Lafo and Sememo, Adi-Quala Sub-zone, are conducting enhanced water and soil conservation campaigns.
The Head of economic development in the sub-zone, Mr. Berhane Woldeselasie, said that the popular campaign includes renovation of the water diversion scheme beneath
Sememo Dam that was damaged due to flooding, in addition to the construction of terraces.
Asmara, 17 August 2016- In line with the efforts that have been exerted to upgrade maternal and child care, the Ministry of Health has secured a coverage of 96 % of prenatal immunization in the Central region.
Asmara, 16 August 2016- Integrated effort is been exerted in the Central region to control the prevalence of TB and that the prevalence of the disease has been reduced by 90%, according to Sister Natsinet Gebreyohannes, coordinator of TB and Leprosy at the Ministry of Health branch in the region.
Sister Natsinet indicated that there are 10 health centers equipped with modern equipment and that the Ministry is fulfilling the requirement of the WHO that every year 80% of TB patients should be cured through proper medication.
Mr. Yemane Abay, head of Agriculture and Land in the Central region, indicated that 95% of the administrative areas in the region have become beneficiaries of potable water supply. He made the remark during an inspection visit he conducted to the potable water project site in Temamo administrative area. He further said that out of the 86 administrative areas in the region 82 have become beneficiaries of potable water.
Mai-Aini, 8 July 2016- Potable water supply project in Mai-Aini sub-zone worth 6.5 million Nakfa has become operational. 5 villages and Koatit semi-urban center in the sub-zone would benefit from the scheme.
According to the projects coordinator in the Southern region, Mr. Afwerki Russom, the project includes laying a 10 k.m long water pipeline, solar system with a capacity of generating 15 K.W, besides 2 reservoirs and 6 water distribution centers.
Massawa, 16 June 2916- The infrastructure office of the Massawa administration indicated that the construction of the Emberemi water pipeline and water reservoir project has been finalized. That was disclosed at an assessment meeting conducted in the port city of Massawa on 14 June.
Reports of the administration also indicate that in the past six months, one water reservoir has been constructed in Sigalet Ketan to water the trees in the area and entertainment center built at Edaga area.
This Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) has prioritised five strategic areas for interventions and cooperation. These have been further elaborated into thematic response, and outcome areas. The strategic priority areas are: 1) Basic Social Services; 2) National Capacity Development; 3) Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods; 4) Environmental Sustainability;
The National Union of Eritrean Women and the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nations in partnership with the United Nations Country Team in Eritrea organized a side-event under the theme: “From Grassroots to National Action in Combating Gender Based Violence in Eritrea” on 22 March 2016 in New York. The side-event was held in the margins of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women aimed at sharing Eritrea’s experience, challenges and achievements in combating all forms of violence against women and girls.
Asmara, 11 December 2015 - A team of 14 Austrian doctors are performing surgeries for patients with urinary tract infections at the Orota National Referral Hospital. The medical interventions also include the treatment of children afflicted with kidney ailments.
Dr. Habteab Mehari, Director of the National Referral Hospital, told Erina News that the current medical support given by the 14-member ARCHEMED medical team is a continuation of similar services rendered over the past 12 years.
Asmara, 11 December 2015 - The Ministry of Labour and Human Welfare has stated that urgent assistance will be extended to families affected by floods in Foro Sub-zone, Northern Red Sea region.
The Minister of Labour and Human Welfare, Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, and Mrs. Tsigereda Woldegergis, the Regional Administrator, visited this week the areas affected by heavy rains in the sub-zone.
Keren, 16 October 2015 – Female enrollment in all levels of education has increased by 50% in the recent period in the Anseba Region.
Mr. Hagos Adhana, Head of the Education Ministry Branch in the region, stated that increased female participation has occurred in all the urban centers in the Region and especially in the cities and towns of Keren, Adi-Tekelezan, Elaberid, Hagaz as well as Hamelmalo.
There are 146 Elementary, 65 Junior, 88 Kindergarten, 18 Secondary schools and 246 adult literacy centers in the Anseba Region.
Asmara, 1 October 2015 – A workshop was conducted yesterday at the NCEW Hall on the draft national policy in regard to children.
The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Labour and Human Welfare. Senior Government and PFDJ officials, representatives of International and Regional Organizations and invited guests took part in the meeting.
Asmara, 1 October 2015 – Three water reservoirs have been constructed in Dirfo Administrative area in the Central region. The facilities were inaugurated on September 30th .
Mr. Zerit Tewoldebrhan, the Managing Director in the Central Region, said that the initiative was taken in line with the Government’s commitment to promote social justice in remote areas.
The facilities are expected to adequately address prevalent water shortages for privately owned farms in the area.