A person’s well-being depends on numerous factors that go far beyond just health care. We actively involve the population, communities and local partners to ensure that all our interventions are decentralised and sustainable. Engera supports Gurage’s clinics in the following ways:

1) Through regular missions (doctors, nurses, midwives, medicines, protocols, training and retraining of local staff).
2) By covering the annual operating costs (personnel, medicines, medical equipment),
3) Through special projects such as improved infrastructure, a new maternity ward or a water well.

Engera is committed to continuing support in line with our commitments and ensuring a sustainable model that has shown measurable results in the years we have been operating in Ethiopia.

With more substantial funding, Engera’s approach could be expanded to several other clinics in the region. This would allow for standardisation of health care, better economies of scale, and efficiencies in care and monitoring of facilities during our outreach. We can expand our work and reach a much broader population

That’s our goal.

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Healthcare facilities



Population: 30,000
Employees: 22
Patients 2022: 31,098
Vaccinations 2022: 451
Births 2022: 415

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 center. Over the years, Engera has built a pre/postnatal ward, a tuberculosis center and a water well that provides clean water to the village.



Population: 30,000
Employees: 25
Patients 2022: 19,356
Vaccinations 2022: 194
Births 2022: 214

Shebraber was built in 2014 and is the newest of Engera’s centers. Thanks to a donation from an American foundation and a project of the Regione Toscana, it now serves 25,000 people across a few villages. Engera has also built a tuberculosis center attached to the main center.



Population: 25,000
Employees: 20

Patients 2022: 19,202
Vaccinations 2022: 478
Births 2022: 494

Engera has supported Burat Health Center 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: 13
Patients 2022: 7,852
Vaccinations 2022: 128
Births 2022: 134

The clinic in Galeya-Rogdha is one of the latest projects that Engera has undertaken. It is located in a remote village in the southwestern Shewa zone in the Oromia region. The goal is to develop it into a full-fledged health centre that meets the same standards as the other health facilities we support. The clinic focuses on prevention, infant immunisation, and pre and post natal care.

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Population: 12,105
Employees: 12
Patients 2022: 23,964
Vaccinations 2022: 433
Births 2022: – 

Metcha is a small clinic that Engera began supporting in 2020. Located in the West Shewa Zone in the Oromia region, it is run by Sister Surabhila, who was responsible for establishing Zizencho, Engera’s first clinic. The original clinic was in poor condition, so Engera is helping to fund the construction of a newer clinic with much better facilities. The plan is to expand this clinic into a medium-sized clinic so that all women can give birth there, not just in emergencies.



Population: 20,000
Employees: 16
Patients 2022: 7,998
Vaccinations 2022: 402
Births 2022: 237

The Dakuna Health Center 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 center had already implemented a patient flow system with independent chambers to minimize internal contamination. The center is also equipped with an ambulance and a rather advanced laboratory by local standards.



Population: 25,000
Employees: 14
Patients 2022: 26,926
Vaccinations 2022: 332
Births 2022: 325

In Getche, Engera did not have to build the infrastructure from scratch. It did, however, support the development of the maternity ward with improved reception facilities for pregnant women and the provision of equipment for safer pregnancy and delivery. The focus at the center has been on the training of the gynaecology and obstetrics nurses.



Population: 35,000
Employees: 32
Patients 2022: 28,004
Vaccinations 2022: 638
Births 2022: 301

Maganesse is one of the first clinics established in the region. It is now a fully-fledged health center and is located just over 7 km from Endibir. It was founded by CUAMM (Doctors for Africa) and has developed over the years thanks to the support of various organizations. The center is excellently managed by Sister Tena. Maganesse has a structure dedicated to tuberculosis and is characterized by a large area and several buildings in traditional form (Toukul).

Urgent Projects

Engera’s mission brings life-saving healthcare to the people of the Gurage zone of Ethiopia and parts of the Oromia region.  Our team of doctors and other staff work closely with community leaders and our partners on the ground – to respond in partnership to their most pressing needs.


Our collaboration includes special projects to address urgent needs.


Staff Scholarships
Invest in a career

 We believe it is important to provide our employees with opportunities for professional development or continuing education. This is enriching for them and also benefits their families and the local community by increasing their salary. Ongoing professional development also ensures that our employees stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in medical care so that they can provide quality patient care and improve clinical practice

We need funding for scholarships so that some of our employees can convert their diploma into a degree. A scholarship covers the full cost of fees, housing and a small stipend

Please contact us to learn more about how you can help.  


Digitalisation of the Card Room

The central card room is a place within a health facility where patient records are kept. This paper- based system is incredibly cumbersome for both the patient and the healthcare staff. For example, there is limited storage space for the cards and it is very time-consuming for patients to fill out the form each time. 

However, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health is in the process of digitizing its various health information systems, so health centers and clinics are required to digitize their card rooms. This means that we need to purchase computers for all our health facilities so that government software can be installed. A donation of 8000 euros would enable us to purchase a desktop computer for all our healthcare facilities.

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Warm Food for Galeya Rogdha School

Imagine starting your school day with an hour or hour-and-a-half walk, only to be given a small biscuit and water upon arrival. This is the reality for two hundred children attending elementary school near the Galeya Rogdha Clinic in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

Our mission is to ensure that these children receive at least one hot meal a day. With only 20,000 euros, we can create a feeding program that ensures a daily, nutritious meal for each child throughout the year.

Although each child needs three meals a day, contributing so that they receive at least one hot meal can have a significant impact on their lives. Lack of adequate nutrition affects concentration and learning.

Join us to make a difference. Your donation today will help us provide these children with the sustenance they need to focus on their studies and build a better future.

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 local young men and women 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 the basis of everything; it is fundamental for hygiene. In 2012 we contributed to financing a new 160m deep water well which saves the village people a daily 5km walk. Now the whole community finally has fresh, clean water.


Infrastructure - Health workers safety

The Shebraber Health Center is fully working. It took some time to finish the construction, but it looks fabulous. However, we have a minor 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 center 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 center.

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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