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Minister of health in Eritrea Ms. Amna Nurhusein

The Legacy Continues - Minister of Health, Ms. Amna Nurhusein Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 7:43am
Minister stresses enhanced contribution of the general public in reducing mother and child mortality rate

Dubarwa, 31 October 2009 - The Minister of Health, Ms. Amna Nurhusein, stressed the need for enhanced contribution on the part of parents, administrative bodies, Assembly members and government institutions in efforts to reduce mother and child mortality rate during pregnancy, pre-and post-delivery period.
Speaking at a conference focusing on mother and child mortality rate that was held recently in Dubarwa town, Ms. Amna indicated that the Ministry is doing its level best to ensure mother and child welfare and emphasized the need for raising public awareness in this regard so as to attain the set goal. She further pointed out that incentive would be given to those mothers who resorted to regular medical checkups during pre-and post-delivery period.

Also speaking at the conference, the Administrator of the Southern region, Mr. Mustafa Nurhusein, called on the general public to encourage mothers give birth in nearby health centers. He also stated that the regional Administration would give priority attention to the task of ensuring mother and child safety.

Reports indicated that mother mortality rate during pregnancy and giving birth has dropped by 50% since 1995, and that the necessary action program has been mapped out towards dramatically reducing the rate by the year 2015.

Asmara, Eritrea
Address of the ministry: PO Box 212
Telephone 291-1-112877
Fax 291-1-122899

Ms. Amna Nurhusein minister of health in Eritrea

Members of the Eritrean National Assembly and German Parliament Hold Discussion Asmara, 15 April 2010 - Members of the Eritrean National Assembly and the German Parliament held meeting focusing on the objective situation in the country and the region, as well as the experience of both countries.

In the meeting at the Denden Hall here in the capital, the Eritrean National Assembly members outlined the programs being implemented to ensure the all-round development of the nation following the armed struggle for independence, as well as the challenges being encountered in the process.

Noting that all the programs are being implemented through active popular participation, they explained that the people are participating in all decisions and programs either directly or through their representatives.

The members of the German Parliament on their part stated that the visit enabled them to personally witness the prevailing reality in Eritrea and expressed desire to foster cooperation based on mutual interest through maintaining continuous contacts with the Eritrean National Assembly members.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Ms. Amna Nurhusein, held talks in her office with members of the German Parliament and professional members of the Hamer Forum Doctors Association.

She pointed out that the Eritrean government is exerting unremitting endeavors towards expanding social services, and thereby ensure social justice. The Minister further indicated that substantial investment is being made particularly in the health sector, and as a result equitable health service has been introduced in remote areas of the country.

Ms. Amna explained that Eritrea is keen to engage in joint tasks on the basis of mutual respect, and expressed appreciation for the non-governmental Hamer Forum Association for its major contribution in the development of the health sector in Eritrea that began 15 years ago.

The members of the German Parliament and Hamer Forum said that they have been able to confirm on the ground the validity of the Eritrean government's policy in the health sector. They further stated that the cooperation, especially in children heart surgery, as well as nurturing health professionals and technicians would continue in an enhanced manner.

Assessing the tasks so far accomplished, the two sides conducted discussion on the implementation of future programs.

Mr. Saleh Meki,

Asmara, 13 July 2008

In a seminar he conducted yesterday to the participants of Eritrea Festival in Riyadh and its environs, the Minister of Health, Mr. Saleh Meki, said that reliable ground has already been laid in Eritrea regarding efforts to achieve food security.

He pointed out that vigorous endeavors are being exerted to achieve the set goal on the basis of self-reliance through the coordinated efforts of the Government, people and members of the Defense Force.

As regards the expansion of social service, Mr. Saleh explained that the Government is working diligently to ensure social justice and outlined the major accomplishments scored in the domains of health and education.

Noting that encouraging achievements have been registered in controlling malaria and in expanding vaccination programs, the Minster pointed out that 60 to 70% of the required medicines are now being produced locally.

Moreover, Mr. Saleh indicated that different colleges have been opened and are still in the process of opening in Keren, Adi-Keih, Massawa, Asmara, Mendefera and others that would provide training course up to the level of degree. As a result, the number of students joining higher institutions of learning has doubled, he added.

The participants of the Festival reiterated their commitment to enhance contributions in the national development drive.

The 3-day Eritrea Festival in Riyadh and its environs concluded yesterday in a patriotic spirit.


Minister of health in Eritrea Saleh Meky

Saleh Meki (1948 - October 2, 2009) 3rd Minister of Health in Eritrea 19972009 was an Eritrean politician and government minister. He was a member of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, which had offices in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States, during the period of the Eritrean War of Independence.

Meki was trained as a nurse anesthesiologist in the United States. He returned to Eritrea following the end of the country's war for independence aganist Ethiopia.

Meki was appointed and confirmed as the first Minister of Marine Resources following Eritrea's independence. He later also served as the country's Minister of Health, before being reassigned as the Minister of Marine Resources once again in a cabinet reshuffle.

The relationship between Meki and President of Eritrea Isaias Afewerki gradually became more contentious during Meki's later years as the country grew more autocratic.

Saleh Meki died on Friday, October 2, 2009, following a heart attack at the age of 62. He was buried in the Martyrs Cemetery in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea.


Reflections on Minister Saleh Meky Monday, October 19, 2009 at 11:58am Senait Yohannes
Date: Wed Oct 07 2009 - 17:07:45 EDT

Minister Saleh Meky will indeed be missed. He was a unique leader and a generous and caring human being. I worked with Meky for about 3 years while he was Minister of Health. He was a mentor and a father figure to me. I am one of those people who when I heard the sad news that he passed away I thought no he canat and didnat want to accept it, because I knew he had so much to do. His vision and inclusive habit was unparalleled. He delegated each and every member of the ministry with a task, and made each and everyone feel their contribution was necessary. From the top leadership in the ministry to the bottom everyone loved Saleh Meky. Everyone worked extremely hard to prove they can handle the responsibilities entrusted to them by him. Through his leadership and dedication the Ministry of Health was transformed in a very short time and milestones in the health sector were registered. He not only implemented the governmentas strategy of providing affordable basic health care to all citizens, his vision went beyond that and with his personality he attracted many organizations and partners outside the ministry to assist in improving the health sector further. He worked very hard in building lasting institutions and in developing the human resources necessary within the ministry and in making them sustainable long term. He strived to set standards in the health care in Eritrea. Everything was possible with Minister Saleh Meky, and at all times his mind was thinking 3 steps ahead of everyone. He will be sorely missed. Eritrea lost a great leader in him. May he rest in peace, and may his family and all of us find solace in the coming days. Senait Yohannes Bay Area, CA

The late Mr. Saleh Said Meki and his Great Strides in Eritrean Health sector Mansour Nouredin, Oct 9, 2009

On mid afternoon of 6th October, mourners in their tens of thousands flocked to the Patriots Cemetry to pay their last respect to the martyred fighter Minister Saleh Said Meki. Government and PFDJ officials, commanders of the operation zones, religious leaders, members of the diplomatic corps and other dignitaries led by military parade accompanied the casket from his residence. Covered with National Flag, when reached in the cemetery vicinity, the casket was put in front of faithful for Salat Al Jinaza prayers headed by the Eritrean Mufti- Sheik Alamin Osman.

After the funeral services the biography of the martyred fighter was read. Born in 1948 in Gulie, Central region, after completing his education, in 1972 he went to United States of America where he pursued his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in various Universities. It was in the same year that he started to be involved actively in EPLF organizational affairs. During eighties Mr. Saleh was representative of the front in the western USA and he served there until independence.

Later lying wreath of flower on his grave followed. On behalf of the People and Government of Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki laid wreath on the tomb of the martyred Minister Saleh Meki, followed by the bereaved family, veteran fighter Romodan Mohammednur, Gen. Sebhat Ephrem on behalf of the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Hagos Gebrehiwet, Head of Economic Affairs at the PFDJ, on behalf of PFDJ, Mr. Ahmed Haj Ali, Minister of Energy and Mines, on behalf of the Ministry of Marine Resources, and Ms. Amna Nurhusein, Minister of Health, on behalf of the Ministry. Mrs. Saba Hailu laid wreath on behalf of the President's family

His Legacies
On this solemn moment every one was contemplating on the achievements his Ministry registered in his 12 years tenure at the Ministry of Health. These include the construction of referral hospitals in each region, equipped with latest medical technologies, the launching of new clinics and health centers in various cities, towns and remote parts of the country. To staff these health institutions, the Ministry opened Orotta School of Medicine to which the first batch of medical doctors is projected to graduate in three months.

The graduating class of Orotta School of Medicine owes Mr. Saleh a lot, say Bsrat Teklemariam, a 6th year student at the college. He was the one who energized and inspired the students to be better citizens and shoulder the responsibility that is entrusted on us. He used to involve in every part of the students lives and share our concerns. Simply he was some one to look up to, said Bsrat.

Dr. Haile Mezghebe, Medical Director of Graduate Medical Education at Orotta School of Medicine says Minister Saleh's leadership and achievements gave Eritrea a positive image internationally. He attested the fact that a transformation at a given task can be materialized if a visionary leader such as the Minister is involved in the task. Minister Saleh left us with a visible legacy that we can be proud of.

The launching and diversifying of various health training centers in different zones was also part of the Ministry's quest to feed the existing understaffed health institutions. The reduction of different communicable diseases including malaria, one of the highest killers in the world, by 80 % within five years got high acclaim from various international organizations including World Bank.

As attributed once by Reuters, Chris Walker former Lead Health Specialist in East and Southern Africa described Eritrea experience in dealing with malaria as outstanding.
The reduction of malaria prevalence by 80 % in Eritrea was dubbed as ambitious and an unattainable venture suggesting that country like Eritrea could only register from 20 up to 25 % normally happened in other developing countries. The reduction of child morbidity and mortality rate of mothers and children at birth during delivery was reduced from 200 to 45 cases in 100.000 citizens. The achievements registered in the eradication of measles and polio to which Eritrea is expecting for certificate of confirmation and others great strides led Eritrea to represent Africa through the late Minister Saleh Said Meky in a conference held in Azerbaijan. The Ministry was also able to treat diabetes, fistula cancer patients among other major diseases.

Last April Minister Saleh was assigned to the Ministry of Marine Resources. From the outcomes we witnessed during his tenure at the Ministry of Health, we were hopeful that tangible changes at the Ministry of Marine Resources were down the road. And his initial measures were directed to that end, said Mr. Said Mohammed Abrar, Director of the Minister's Office. Yet, as life has its course Mr. Saleh has gone. What we required is to reaffirm our commitment to our country and excel in our tasks in all sectors.
Over all his patriotism, dedication and sacrifice for the betterment of the society and country can be summed up to a response he gave in Washington DC August 16 2009.

"As an Eritrean-American, I know I can live in America a better life. But I decided to be alongside my less-fortunate people whom I love and love to serve."

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The funeral Service of the martyred Fighter Minister Saleh Meki was conducted today at the Patriots Cemetery here in the capital in the presence of President Isaias Afwerki, Ministers, PFDJ heads, Army commanders, Regional Administrators, religious leaders, members of the diplomatic corps and international organizations, as well as EDF members and tens of thousands of citizens.

The coffin of the late Minister Saleh, who was martyred on October 2 in Massawa due to heart stroke, headed to the Patriots Cemetery from his residence escorted by military parade and marching band, as well as President Isaias, the bereaved family members, senior government and PFDJ officials, Army commanders, diplomats and fellow citizens. Subsequently, Salad Al-Jinaza prayers headed by the Eritrean Mufti, Sheik Al-Amin Osman, were conducted. The body of the late Minister Saleh was the laid to rest in dignity at the Patriots Cemetery.

President Isaias Afwerki laid wreath on the tomb of the martyred Minister Saleh Meki on behalf of the people and Government of Eritrea, followed by the bereaved family, veteran fighter Romodan Mohammednur, Gen. Sebhat Ephrem on behalf of the Defense Ministhry, Mr. Hagos Gebrehiwet, Head of Economic Affairs at the PFDJ, on behalf of the Front, Mr. Amed Haj Ali, Minister of Energy and Mines, on behalf of the Ministry of Marine Resources, and Ms. Amna Nurhusein, Minister of Health, on behalf of the Ministry, as well as Woizero Saba Hailu on behalf of the President's family.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, who was also comrade and colleague of the late Minister Saleh Meki told ERINA after the funeral service that the martyred Fighter Saleh maintained close ties and care for work associates and the citizenry at large. Noting that the late Saleh Meki was discharging national and organizational duties with dedication, Mr. Arefaine explained that his martyrdom is a great loss.

The late Minister Saleh, Member of the People's Front Central Council, served the nation and the people in various capacities with devotion since the 1980s. Also in the post-independence period, he served as Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Health and Minister of Marine Resources, as well as member of the Eritrean Ministerial Cabinet until his martyrdom. The late Saleh Meki was a modest, sociable and dedicated fighter. He is survived by his wife and 4 children.

General Sebhat Ephrem (b.1951) minister of health in Eritrea in 1994

General Sebhat Ephrem (b.1951) minister of health in Eritrea in 1994

Health and Human services
Health care
Eritrea employs an exemplary approach to ensure the provision of health services to its citizens. Since independence the Ministry of Health played a great role in building and rehabilitating hospitals, developing its human resource, controlling vaccine-preventable diseases and the spread of HIV and, improved its emergency services. Like the rest of the country's sectors, this was in ruins during the colonization. At the time of liberation in 1991, the Government of the State of Eritrea inherited a health care system, totally inadequate in terms of physical facilities, trained human resource as well as an inequitable distribution of resources, availability of drugs and other medical supplies. In the past fifteen years (19912007), the Government and the people of Eritrea worked hard to reverse the health and health services situation that was prevailing at the time of liberation. Despite the country's engagement in active war with Ethiopia from 1998 to 2000 and during only relative peace (no peace-no war situation) since then, many of Eritrea's achievements in the health sector were exemplary even at the global level.

map of Eritrea regions

Eritrea is divided into six regions (zobas) and subdivided into districts ("sub-zobas"). The geographical extent of the regions is based on their respective hydrological properties. This a dual intent on the part of the Eritrean government: to provide each administration with sufficient control over its agricultural capacity, and to eliminate historical intra-regional conflicts.

No. Region Sub-region
1 Central Berikh, Ghala-Nefhi, Semienawi Mibraq, Serejaka, Debubawi Mibraq, Semienawi Mi'erab, Debubawi Mi'erab
2 Southern Adi Keyh, Adi Quala, Areza, Debarwa, Dekemhare, Mai Ayni , Mai Mne , Mendefera, Segeneiti, Senafe, Tserona
3 Gash-Barka Agordat, Barentu, Dghe, Forto, Gogne, Haykota, Logo-Anseba, Mensura, Mogolo, Molki, Guluj, Shambuko, Tesseney, La'elay Gash
4 Anseba Adi Tekelezan, Asmat, Elabered, Geleb, Hagaz, Halhal, Habero, Keren, Kerkebet, Sel'a
5 Northern Red Sea Afabet, Dahlak, Ghel'alo, Foro, Ghinda, Karura, Massawa, Nakfa, She'eb
6 Southern Red Sea Are'eta, Central Dankalia, Southern Dankalia , Assab
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