16 January 2013

Eritrea: Community-Based Living Gives Impetus to Social Service Facilities

Assab — The Administration of the Southern Red Sea region indicated that community-based living has given added impetus to the impact of social service facilities. It made the statement at an assessment meeting during which it was stated that a number of the region's inhabitants who have been leading nomadic lifestyle have resorted to community style of living and become beneficiaries of basic social service facilities.

The Administrator of the region, Mr. Ali Mahmoud, pointed out that significant development accomplishments were registered in collaboration with the inhabitants, and called on them to enhance their role to this end.

Accordingly, various social service facilities have been put in place in rural areas at government expenditure amounting to 45 million Nakfa, while community awareness regarding communicable diseases is on the rise. He further stated that commendable accomplishment has been registered pertaining to antenatal and postnatal care, and that endeavors exerted as regards education have made remarkable impact, especially targeting nomadic community in the region.

Furthermore, noteworthy accomplishment was made pertaining to soil and water conservation, afforestation and renovation of dirt roads on the basis of community-based undertakings. A number of families of martyrs and inhabitants of the region who were displaced by volcanic eruption were rehabilitated in livestock. Moreover, support was extended to needy nationals, including students.

Mr. Kubrom Nir'ayo, head of administration and finance at the regional Administration, said that enhancement of role on the part of line ministries and the inhabitants is a major prerequisite for the reinforcement of development ventures in the future.

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