Engera operates or helps to run seven health facilities delivering assistance to upwards of 130,000 people with no other access to healthcare – 35% of this population are children. Most families live on several hundred euros per year.
In 2021, the staff of four Engera health facilities (Zizencho, Shebraber, Burat and Galeya-Rogda) visited 86,115 patients, safely delivered 1071 babies and provided 1,176 vaccinations. In addition, Engera provided funding for training and support to the clinics in Maganesse, Getche and Dakuna, which served 40,659 people.
Our Vision is for a healthy communities in the Gurage Zone and the parts of Oromia where we work, and access to quality health care for all who need it. Central to achieving this is building the capacity of new health workers and upgrading existing skills to ensure sustainable change.
Scholarships funded by Engera have unlocked the potential of several members of the local community who are now an integral part of the healthcare team.
Through a scholarship from Engera, Sennayet trained as a midwife eight years ago at the Hossana Health Science College. At the time, there were no midwives at the Zizencho health center, and she did not have medical experience, but she wanted to learn more about midwifery. Sennayit is now the most experienced midwife out of the nearest nine health facilities. She plans to continue her professional development and further her skills.
She says: “When I started working at the health center, the community didn’t know about going to a hospital to give birth. Women came on stretchers to give birth, but it was too late. But now they walk here before it’s too late. When a mother sees signs of labour, she comes early to stay. Serving my own community gives me great satisfaction.”
Dawit is 23 years old and has worked at the Zizencho health center for five years. He is an only child and therefore the sole provider for his family and comes from a very disadvantaged background. Previously he was working in the field for a daily wage. However, with funding from Engera, he has finished a three-year diploma at the Hossana Health Science College. He now has a permanent position as a laboratory technician. Now he has a secure job and stability; he wants to do a degree to increase his salary.
After working in the clinic for six years with a diploma, Endale received a scholarship to study for a degree. He has also received training in dentistry and, once a week is responsible for extracting teeth. He also carries out outreach which includes giving people their vaccinations.
He says: “Attat hospital is 52 kilometers away. When a mother is in labor without medical care nearby she will likely die because she can’t walk to Attat hospital. Our society is uneducated. They are a rural society. Many elderly people live in this countryside. The youth don’t go to school. Now that the clinic is here, many mothers come, and after they give birth, we care for them. We give them clothes and encourage them. If they are at risk, we give maternal care. “