The well-being of an individual depends on numerous factors that go far beyond pure healthcare. We actively involve populations, communities, and local partners to ensure all our actions are decentralized and sustainable. Engera supports Gurage’s clinics in the following ways:

  • Through regular missions (doctors, nurses, midwives, drugs, protocols, training and retraining of local personnel).

  • Covering the annual running costs (personnel, drugs, medical devices),

  • Through special projects such as:- improved infrastructure; a new natal ward; or a water well.

Engera aims to continue to provide the support in line with our commitments, ensuring a sustainable model that has shown measurable results over the years we’ve been active in Ethiopia.

With more significant funding, the Engera approach could be expanded to several other clinics in the region, providing standardization of the healthcare coverage, better economies of scale, and efficiencies in the supply and supervision of the facilities during our missions. We can expand our work and impact a much wider population.

This is our ambition.

Gurage map

Healthcare facilities



Population: 30,000
Employees: 15
Patients 2020: 43,243
Vaccinations 2020: 459
Births 2020: 394

Zizencho is an isolated village on the highlands. Until recently, the village had no proper road, no electricity, and no running water. Roughly 30,000 people live in the catchment area of the Clinic. Over the years, Engera has built a pre/postnatal ward, a tuberculosis centre and a water well that provides clean water to the village.



Population: 30,000
Employees: 11
Patients 2020: 17,989
Vaccinations 2020: 195
Births 2020: 235

Built in 2014, Shebraber is the most recent of Engera’s clinics. Thanks to the donation of an American Foundation and a project from the Region Tuscany, today, it assists 25,000 people across a few villages. Engera has also built a Tuberculosis centre annexed to the main clinic.



Population: 25,000
Employees: 15
Patients 2020: 37,450
Vaccinations 2020: 448
Births 2020: 437

Engera has supported the healthcare centre of Burat since the early days, with regular doctor and volunteer visits, supply of medicines and diagnostic tools. Over the years, Engera has also financially supported various scholarships for young Ethiopian girls who went on to become nurses.


Galeya Rogdha

Population: 15,000
Employees: 10
Patients 2020: 7,355
Vaccinations 2020: 95
Births 2020: 54

Galeya-Rogda is one of the latest projects taken on by Engera. The goal is to activate a healthcare centre in this remote area with the same standards as the other infrastructures we support in the rest of the region. The centre focuses on prevention, vaccination for infants and pre-post natal assistance. 

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Population: 20,000
Employees: 16
Patients 2020: 12,861
Vaccinations 2020: 348
Births 2020: 120

The Dakuna clinic is located not far from the urban area of Emdibir. Over the years, thanks to philanthropic support, it has developed and distinguished itself, especially for its organization and efficiency. Well before the COVID emergency, the clinic had already implemented a patient flow system with independent chambers to minimize internal contamination. The clinic is also equipped with an ambulance and a rather advanced laboratory by local standards.



Population: 25,000
Employees: 14
Patients 2020: 4,939
Vaccinations 2020: 291
Births 2020: 298

In Getche, Engera didn’t have to build the infrastructure from scratch. However, it has supported the development of the natal facility with an improved reception facility for existing pregnant women and the supply of equipment for a safer pregnancy and delivery. Focus has been on the training of the gynaecological and obstetric nurses.



Population: 35,000
Employees: 32
Patients 2020: 11,034
Vaccinations 2020: 593
Births 2020: 340

Maganesse is one of the first clinics established in the region and is located just over 7km from Endibir. It was founded by CUAM (Doctors for Africa) and has developed over the years thanks to the support of various organizations. The clinic is superbly managed by Sister Luciana and Sister Arnolda, two veterans in the region who have developed excellence in the management of spaces and patients. Maganesse has a structure dedicated to tuberculosis and is characterized by a large surface on several buildings in traditional form (Toukul).

Other projects


Education - Nursing

It is challenging to find skilled nurses willing to quit the cities and work in rural areas; it is, therefore, necessary to educate motivated village boys and girls to study this profession. Engera is committed to launching several scholarships for local villagers to attend a qualified nursing school in Addis Ababa. We believe that this is a good, sustainable approach for the long term, which will offer education to underprivileged youths and, at the same time, provide trained personnel for the local medical infrastructure assisting their community.


Infrastructure - Water well

Despite focusing mainly on healthcare projects, sometimes engineering is better than many drugs. For example, water is at the basis of everything; it is fundamental for hygiene. In 2012 we contributed to the financing of a new 160m deep water well which saves the village people a daily 5km walk. Now the whole community has finally fresh, clean water!


Infrastructure - Clinic workers safety

The Shebraber clinic is fully working. It took some time to finish the construction, but it looks fabulous. However, we have a small issue with night cats. Hyenas approach the village at night, and our poor nurses are scared to death. So we had to build a fence around the clinic to protect the patients and the staff.


Emergency response to fire

In February 2018, an accidental fire destroyed more than 28 houses (Toukul) in the village of Zizencho, metres away from our clinic.


Engera, jointly with other NGOs, has rapidly responded to the emergency, supplying funds for basic needs and temporary shelter and contributing to the rebuild. 

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Siamo un’associazione no-profit fondata e costituita da medici, infermieri e Volontari che a titolo personale si sono impegnati e si impegnano nell’ambito dell’assistenza socio-sanitaria in Etiopia.

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Siamo un’associazione no-profit fondata e costituita da medici, infermieri e Volontari che a titolo personale si sono impegnati e si impegnano nell’ambito dell’assistenza socio-sanitaria in Etiopia.

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