Health and Nutrition

Overview: Health and Nutrition


Child and Newborn Health

Maternal Health

Expanded Programme on Immunisation

Communication for Development


Child and Newborn Health

UNICEF Eritrea/2014/Pirozzi
© UNICEF Eritrea/2014/Pirozzi

The Ministry of Health, with support from UNICEF, adopted the Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI) strategy as the main vehicle for improving child health and addressing the main causes of child morbidity and mortality. The community component of IMNCI has been introduced in five out of six regions. This targets Community Health Workers to assess children under five to ensure timely management of uncomplicated cases of diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections and fever. 

Real lives 

Supporting a community and saving lives
13 July 2015 – The staff of the Serejeka Health Facility warmly greet community health volunteer, Freweini. While she does not work at the Health Facility and instead covers an entire community visiting each house providing healthcare to children...

A visit to the Amatere IMNCI Unit
18 June 2015 - June in the port city of Massawa, Eritrea can be oppressively hot. At 9am the Land Cruiser’s outside temperature registers 40 degrees.

Community Health Workers bring healthcare to their communities
18 June 2015 - Emberemi Village is only 11km outside of the city of Massawa but the environment is very different from the buildings, ships and associated activity of the port city.

Caring for the community’s children as she would her own
June 2012 - Nurse Nigsti comforts a crying child, reassures a mother and then very quickly shifts her attention and demeanour to meet with Ministry of Health officials to update them on her work at the Maternal Child Health facility...

Saving mothers and children one home at a time
May 2012 - It is late afternoon and the Gheleb Health Facility is as busy as you would imagine it at 9am. Mothers with tightly wrapped shamas, delicately cradling babies on their backs obediently line up to have their babies weighed and measured.



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