Ethiopia – AICS and CUAMM fight maternal and child mortality in Wolisso, Goro and Wonchi districts

On May 19 2018 the project “Mothers and Children first” realized by CUAMM, Doctors with Africa, and financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), came to an end with a final workshop gathering all stakeholders involved.

The project focus on the reduction of maternal and perinatal mortality rate, providing free and qualified maternal delivery care to the 413.000 women covered by the health system of Wolisso, Goro and Wonchi districts.

Through a Private-Public Partnership between CUAMM, Catholic Health Care Institutions and local government, the project succeeded in providing free maternal delivery assistance, increasing the coverage of maternal deliveries from 20% in 2012 to 51% in 2017.

Ethiopian women can now rely on the new childbirth assistance service at the St Luke Wolisso Hospital, where even mothers with pregnancy at risk can receive support and skilled birth attendance.

Women and children care is extended in the whole territory, reaching most remote areas where the project sustained supervision, training and capacity building activities for 20 Health Centers in Wolisso, Goro and Wonchi districts, providing access to health in surrounding areas.

The project “Mothers and Children first” is part of a broader initiative for the strengthening of Ethiopian health system, intended to ensure equal access to health services for local communities. The Multiannual collaboration between AICS and CUAMM on different projects has brought significant improvements in terms of health infrastructures and services in the area. Thus thanks to the renovation of hospital infrastructures, to the establishment of a free ambulance service and to training activities addressed to local health professionals and health extension workers. The detection and treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition has raised from a total of 35 in 2013 to 864 malnourished children detected and treated in 2017.

Thanks to the “Mothers and children first” project, women and children coming from all areas of Wolisso, Goro e Wonchi districts have finally access and right to quality health services.

“The biggest challenge is to ensure access to health services to the most vulnerable populations, mothers and children. Benefit from skilled birth attendance might substantially affect the reduction of maternal and child mortality rate”.
Gaetano Azzimonti, Medical Director, St Luke Wolisso Hospital, CUAMM.

Inauguration of a water scheme in Afdera in the Afar Region

On 4th March we inaugurated the water scheme of Adfera, a town of 7200 inhabitants, in the Afar Region. The infrastructure was made by UNICEF thanks to the contribution of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in collaboration with the German Cooperation (GIZ) and the local Ethiopian authorities. It will allow the citizens and the surrounding communities to have access to clean water.

To make the infrastructure

  • 2 borholes
  • 2 reservoir – 400 m for the urban area and 25 m for the surrounding communities
  • over 13km of tubes

Before, the source of clean water the beneficiaries had access to through the water trucking were located at 200 km distance

Click here to see all the photos from the inauguration ceremony.

Ceremony for the delivery of educational materials to the Don Bosco Centre in Gambella

AICS reaffirms its commitment to support South-Sudanese refugees as well as hosting communities in Gambella.

On 4 March 2019, the ceremony for the delivery of educational materials to the Don Bosco Centre took place in Gambella at the presence of the Head of the Addis Ababa Office, Tiberio Chiari. The following materials were donated by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in the framework of the Emergency initiative just concluded (AID 10876):

  • 348 books on different subjects;
  • 150 football kits and sporting equipment;
  • 1 beamer;
  • 10 computers;
  • 4 printers;
  • 12 UPS.

The ceremony was preceded by a football match to celebrate the Ethio-Italian Partnership.

Visit of three Members of the Italian Parliament to Ethiopia

On 2-6 May 2019 two Members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Yana Chiara Ehm, and Simona Suriano, and the member of the Italian Senate Alessandro Alfieri visited Ethiopia on an advocacy mission organized by AIDOS for the next replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to which Italy is the ninth major public donor. The mission was also an opportunity to learn more about the activities of the Addis Ababa Office of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

Ethiopian High Level Delegation visiting Emilia-Romagna (Italy)

On 5-11 May 2019, an Ethiopian High Level Delegation went to Emilia-Romagna (Italy) on a field mission organized by UNIDO, FAO, AICS Addis Ababa in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia. The mission was hosted by the Emilia-Romagna regional Government and its Development Agency Attrattività, ricerca e territorio dell'Emilia-Romagna (ART-ER) S.C.p.A. MACFRUT also contributed to the organization of part of the mission, inviting the Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture and the State Minister of Ministry of Trade and Industry to join a round table called “Italy and Africa: building a renewed partnership for horticultural and agro-industrial development.”

The main output of the visit was the declaration of interest from the Government of Ethiopia, AICS, UNIDO, and FAO to involve Emilia-Romagna Region and ART-ER in the design and implementation of projects related to agro-industrial development in Ethiopia, with direct and/or indirect partnership mechanisms. The Italian successful agro-industrial model based on the territorial inter-linkage of its value chain actors from producers to consumers and promoted by Emilia-Romagna Region was indeed highly appreciated by the Delegation.

As part of the mission, the Delegation also attended the 36th edition of the international fair MACFRUT in Rimini on 8-9 May 2019.  This year the fair hosted a stand of Ethiopian producers thanks to a sponsor of AICS of 10,000 Euro for a 60 m2 stand, and the support of the Italian Trade Agency, which organized training courses in Ethiopia to prepare Ethiopian exhibitors on how to do business in an international context.

The Italian Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, officially inaugurated the event, and the dedicated African pavilion, expressing d the strong interest of Italy in increasing its presence in Africa, also through development interventions and action the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

As a remark of the importance given from our Government to the partnership with Ethiopian Institutions, our the Vice-Minister started her visit of the Africa Pavillion cutting the ribbon at the Ethiopia Stand, together with the Regional Minister of Agriculture of Emilia-Romagna, ICE, AICS,  the two State Ministers of Ethiopia and the Ambassador of Ethiopia in Italy.

Ministers from different countries of Subsaharan Africa attended the round table “Italy and Africa: building a renewed partnership for horticultural and agro-industrial development”: Congo DRC, Somalia, Angola, Mozambique and Ethiopia. The Ethiopian ministers briefed the audience on challenges and opportunities of Agriculture and Agro-industrialisation.

 

Ethiopia at the first expo of the International Cooperation in Rome

On 15-17 May 2019, the first expo of International cooperation took place at Fiera di Roma, in Rome. Admasu Nebebe, State Minister at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation of Ethiopia, talked about the investment opportunities in Ethiopia in the panel on “Country Focus: Sustainable Development Investments and Opportunities”.

Click here to download the presentation.

Inauguration of the water schemes in Fiche and Gebre Guracha, Oromia

On 25 May 2019 we inaugurated the water schemes in Fiche and Gebre Guracha, Oromia at the presence of the State Minister of the Ministry for Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia, Dr. Negash, and of the Vice-President of Oromia Region, Dr. Ahmad Tusa.

The realization of the water schemes is one of the outcomes of the bilateral program “Support to the WaSH sector in urban areas”, co-finances by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the French Development Agency and the European Investment Bank. The program aims to improve the access to safe water small and medium towns of Ethiopia with 2000 up to 10000 inhabitants for the construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures and donations for capacity-building activities at both federal level and at the level of the Town Water Supply Offices.

The program continues and finances other 45 Town Water Supply Offices reaching a total of 1.200.000 beneficiaries in Ethiopia.

Italy’s support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tubercolosis and Malaria

A meeting to present a policy paper concerning Italy’s support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tubercolosis and Malaria was held on 25 June at the Senate of the Italian Republic in the presence of Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund, in view of the next replenishment of the Fund expected on October 2019.

At the meeting the Senator Alessandro Alfieri talked about the recent mission in Ethiopia organized last May by Network Italiano Salute Globale and AIDOS, together with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the Global Fund.

The staff of the Addis Ababa Office of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation had the chance to present the projects funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in the country and the activities supported by the Global Fund to the Senator and the Deputies visiting Ethiopia with him, Yana Ehm and Simona Suriano.

Italy is the ninth major public donor to the Global Fund.

Italy grants €1 million to UNHCR in support of Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia

The Italian Government has granted one million Euros to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in support of the protection and assistance needs of ethnic Afar Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia. The funds, made available through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation will be utilized to improve the living conditions of Eritrean Refugees and host communities in Afar Regional State.

Read the full press release.

Visit of the Italian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, and the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Luca Maestripieri, to Ethiopia

On 19-21 June 2019, the Italian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Emanuela Del Re, and the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Luca Maestripieri, visited Ethiopia. Ethiopia is one of the priority country for the Italian Cooperation which has been present in the country for over 40 years.

The visit was an opportunity for the Director to meet the staff of AICS Addis Ababa and learn more about its activities, especially in view of the new Country Framework 2020-22.

During the mission, the Director participated together with the Vice Minister Del Re in two key events for the promotion of the development of Ethiopia: the seventh Annual Conference of RES4Africa (Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa) which took place in Addis Ababa, and the “Ethio-Italian Business Forum” organized by the Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia and the local office of ICE. At the RES4Africa conference, the Director highlighted the commitment of the Agency in the field of energy.

The Director had also the chance to meet the Head of Cooperation at the European Union Delegation in Ethiopia, Erik Habers, and the representatives of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) operating in the Country. Moreover, he took part in the inauguration of the exhibition “A Passage to Eritrea and Ethiopia” curated by the photographer Antonio Politano, which took place at the Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa in the presence of the Vice Minister Del Re and the Ambassador of Italy to Ethiopia, Arturo Luzzi.

During the mission, the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Luca Maestripieri, visited the Ethio-International Footwear Cluster Cooperative Society (EIFCCOS), one of the six successful cluster models in Ethiopia benefiting from the project ‘Phase 2 of the Technical Assistance for the Up-Grading of the Ethiopian Leather and Leather Products Industry’ financed by Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo and implemented by UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

In addition, he visited the Hitsas refugee camp in Tigray, Ethiopia, where this AICS Addis Ababa finances the project "Resilience and Integration in favour of Eritrean refugees and host communities in Shire area, Ethiopia" AID 11223 implemented by VIS Volontariato in collaboration with VIS Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo CCM Comitato Collaborazione Medica CISP Sviluppo dei Popoli and HELVETAS.