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Healthcare Financing in Eritrea

Government introduced FREE healthcare system in the country to ensure everyone has the right to health

Health is Wealth. The Eritrean government subsidized more than 85% of total health related expenditures for its citizens, as compared to the 9.8% average allocated to the health sector in Africa (WHO 2017).


Access to health care has become a luxury to many around the world. Health expenditures continue to increase; in some countries health insurance companies continue to choose their clients based on their health status. Many patients wait in line for hours for a simple check-up with out-of-pocket costs for medical care ruining households. Continue reading Healthcare Financing in Eritrea

Eritrea: National Pharmacovigilance Center (NPVC)

The centre provides the utmost focus on studying the effectiveness and risk of medicines, and, hence encourages safe, rational and effective use of drugs.

Drugs Safety. The Eritrean National Pharmacovigilance Center, transforming endeavors for better outcome.


Saving lives by ensuring safety of drugs, controlling or minimizing and, if possible, eliminating adverse drugs reactions, and therefore delivering safe patient care is the primary objective of Eritrea’s Pharmacovigilance Center.

The Center which has been active since 2012 is gaining reputation for its commitment to encourage healthcare professionals to make timely report of adverse events, identify casualty and detect signals of first of their kind. Continue reading Eritrea: National Pharmacovigilance Center (NPVC)

Eritrea Launched the Health Sector Strategic Development Plan II (2017-2021)

Eritrea’s five year health sector strategic development plan – HSSDP II – includes the new strategic vision of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), besides designed to address the unfinished targets of the MDGs as well as the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets.


The Launching of the second Health Sector Strategic Development Plan (HSSDPII) was held on 2 June 2017 at Orotta National Referral Hospital Conference Hall.

The development of the HSSDP II for Eritrea for the period 2017-2021 was led by the Ministry of Health, with the participation of other Government Sectors, Partners and relevant stakeholders. Continue reading Eritrea Launched the Health Sector Strategic Development Plan II (2017-2021)

‘A Child has the Right to be Healthy too …’

Eritrea has been successful in meeting the Millennium Development Goals in terms of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Nevertheless, much work remains to be done specifically infant maternal health and awareness of risks of using traditional treatments.


A child requires the same rights as an adult; many don’t understand”, says Dr. Samson Abbay, a specialist in paediatrics at the Mendefera Referral Hospital. The passionate medical doctor explained how child health remains a challenge in Eritrea and especially in remote areas. Continue reading ‘A Child has the Right to be Healthy too …’

Eritrea – Health and Health Care: Leave No One Behind

The overall goal for the health system in Eritrea as articulated in the Health Sector Strategic Development Plan (2013-2016) is the improvement of health status, general wellbeing, longevity and economic productivity for all Eritreans.

The Secrets behind Eritrea’s health sector success: Investment in human capital, a strong Government commitment, with the ability to motivate and mobilize people behind a set of goals.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),

In 1946, the right to health was first articulated in the World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution, stating that, “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.”

Shortly thereafter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 217A (III) of 10th December 1948, outlined that everyone has the right to health, including health care. Continue reading Eritrea – Health and Health Care: Leave No One Behind

Exploring Eritrea’s Success in Immunization, Vaccination, and Malaria Control

Eritrea become one of the few countries to have achieved the UN Millennium Development Goal regarding HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. Eritrea’s success within the areas of immunization, vaccination, and malaria prevention underscores the country’s general progress within heath and development.

By Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion,

Several days ago, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) convened during the 26th African Union Summit to celebrate unprecedented progress against malaria in Africa. During the gathering, ALMA presented its annual Awards for Excellence to 13 African countries that have shown commitment, innovation and progress in the fight against malaria, with Eritrea being one of the distinguished award recipients. Continue reading Exploring Eritrea’s Success in Immunization, Vaccination, and Malaria Control