Addis Ababa February 03/2018 Assessment that enables to evaluate Ethiopia's Trachoma Program which aims at invigorating the eradication of trachoma will be conducted this month, Ministry of Health disclosed.
Neglected Tropical Diseases Team Leader at the Ministry, Nebiyou Negussu told ENA that the assessment will identify methods, ways as well as actions the country should apply to eliminate blindness caused trachoma by 2020.
According to him, the assessment will be broad that will look into the depth of drug resistance infection and review of environmental hygiene system.
“The fifteen days assessment will be conducted in ten selected woredas vulnerable to the disease, so that if we well understand the situation of the disease in this selected woredas we can understand the situation in other parts of the country”, the team leader said.
Nebiyou pointed out that the assessment is different from other kinds of assessments that have been conducted on trachoma.
“After the results of the assessment, we will be able to look on our Trachoma Program, the shortfalls on implementation and we will find out other things we should do in the future to fully eliminate the disease”, the team leader elaborated.
The Ministry of Health will conduct the assessment in collaboration with World Health Organization.
Nebiyou said the government has been preventing and controlling the disease in collaboration with partners through SAFE (Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial wash and Environmental hygiene) Strategy.
The government has allocated over 2 million USD for the surgery initiative, it was learned.
The ministry has managed to mobilize support to implement mass drug administration (MDA) in all trachoma endemic districts. So far more than 65 million people were treated with MDA, he added.
One of the partners of the ministry, Carter Center, is engaged in fighting four neglected tropical disease in Ethiopia, including trachoma since 1998.
Country Representative Dr. Zerihun Tadesse said the center started providing assistance in combating trachoma for the past ten years.
In this regard, he said, “we are supporting efforts to eliminate trachoma in Amhara Regional State which is affected very much by the disease. Through the hard work we have done in the last ten years in 167 woredas some 36 have achieved the criteria set by WHO as they can reduce its transmission”, according to the Country Representative.
The Trachoma Program and Strategy is among the oldest Neglected Tropical Disease programs and strategies in Ethiopia and the strategy for control started in
Addis Ababa February 03/2018 Some 167 projects licensed with over 5 billion birr capital in Oromia Regional State during the past six months have entered implementation phase, according to the Regional Investment Commission.
Oromia Investment Commissioner, Reshid Muhaba told ENA that the projects were selected from 240 investment projects that applied for license in the first half of this Ethiopian fiscal year.
The Commissioner said 126 of the projects are owned by local investors, 3 by foreigners, 37 by Ethiopian Diasporas, and 1 is a joint venture.
Among the areas of the investment are agro-processing, manufacturing, and agriculture.
According to Reshid, the projects will create 31,000 jobs, and additional 15 investment projects are undergoing through the process of selection.
The investors have secured 4,600 hectares of land for the projects, it was learned.
Meanwhile, the commission has terminated the contract of 25 investors who failed to implement their investment projects.
The Commissioner stated that 2,398 hectares of land was taken back from the investors.
The regional state has obtained 88 million USD from export of flowers, vegetables and fruits during the past six months, Reshid revelaed.
Investment projects have also created 55,000 jobs.
Addis Ababa February 03/2018 President Mualtu Teshome has promoted 61 army officers to the rank of Brigadier General, Major General, Lieutenant General, and General today.
In a statement the Office of the President sent to ENA, it disclosed that the following high-ranking army officers were promoted.
Those promoted to the rank of Brigadier General are:
- Colonel Fiseha Sintayehu Emiru
- Colonel Asrese Ayalew Tegegne
- Colonel Dadi Asfaw Ayane
- Colonel Alemayehu Wolde Jillo
- Colonel Berhe Kidane Srafel
- Colonel Dawit Woldesenbet Awgichew
- Colonel Asfaw Mamecha Yirdaw
- Colonel Tilahun Ashenafi Mamo
- Colonel Gidey Hailu Gebre-egziabher
- Colonel Shimelis Atnafu Dinqu
- Colonel Tesfaye Temesgen Abay
- Colonel Desalegn Dache Ulte
- Colonel Abadi Selamsa Abebe
- Colonel Mekonen Benti Tesso
- Colonel Kebede Regasa Gerbi
- Colonel Tages Lambamo Dmbore
- Colonel Negasi Tikue Lewte
- Colonel Dagnachew Yitbarek G/Mariam
- Colonel Fekadu Tsegaye Emiru
- Colonel Yirdaw G/Medhin G/Tsadeq
- Colonel Yilma Mequanent Tensay
- Colonel Berhanu Bekele Bedada
- Colonel Guesh Berhe Woldeselassie
- Colonel Abate Ali Flate
- Colonel Alemu Ayene Zeru
- Colonel Berhane Beyene Woldenegus
- Colonel Hailu Endashaw Atomsa
- Colonel G/Hiwot Sasinos Gebru
- Colonel Kebede Fekadu G/Medhin
- Colonel Mekonen Asfaw Qelbo
- Colonel Alemseged W/Wosen Berhe
- Colonel Solomon Bogale Mekonen
- Colonel W/Giorgis Teklay Asfaw
- Colonel Teshome Gemechu Adere
- Colonel Seid Tikuye Abegaz
- Colonel Mengistu Teklu Tessema
- Colonel Nuru Muzeyin Araro
- Colonel Wagnew Aleme Ayalew
- Colonel Hadgu Gebregiwergis Gebresellasie
- Colonel Mekonen Zewde Damene
Those promoted to the rank of Major General are:
- Brigadier General Ataklti Berhe Gebremariam
- Brigadier General Yayne Seyoum Gebremariam
- Brigadier General Asrat Denoyero Ahmed
- Brigadier General Zewdu Belay Malefia
- Brigadier General Mulu Girmay G/Hiwot
- Brigadier General Feseha K/Mariam W/Hiwot
- Brigadier General Kumsa Shanqo Desta
- Brigadier General Wagnew Amare Desalegn
- Brigadier General Shuma Abdeta Hka
- Brigadier General Belay Seyoum Akele
- Brigadier General Mahamed Tessema Geremew
- Brigadier General Abdurahman Ismael Alo
- Brigadier General Mesele Meseret Tegegn
- Brigadier General Kefyalew Amde Tessema
Those promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General are:
- Major General Mehari Zewde G/Mariam
- Major General Mola Hailemariam Alemayehu
- Major General Hassen Ibrahim Musa
Those promoted to the rank of General are:
- Lieutenant General Seare Mekonen Yimer
- Lieutenant General Abreha W/Mariam Genzebu
- Lieutenant General Adem Mahamad Muahmed
- Lieutenant General Berhanu Jula Gelelcha
Addis Ababa February 03/2018 Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has called for the sustenance of the campaign underway to clean and beautify Addis Ababa.
Hailemariam visited today two model zones in Lideta Sub-City on the third round monthly clean-up campaign and gave gift to youth who effectively contributed to the effort.
The Prime Minister expressed his admiration for the inhabitants in the exemplary model zones that have cleaned and beautified their neighborhood since the launching of the campaign three months ago.
Hailemariam said he did not expect such models will be created within three months after the launching of the campaign. "I would like to congratulate you on being the best and diligent model of this sub-city. We should keep on the campaign", he stressed.
Lideta Sub-city Chief Executive Officer, Moges Abate said governmental and non-governmental organizations were involved in the cleaning campaign which was essentially undertaken inhabitants.
Prime Minister Hailemariam handed over a gift to the youth living in the model zones in appreciation of the good work.
Addis Ababa February 02/2018 Ethiopia has to share its longtime experience in religious and cultural harmony to the rest of the world, some participants of the World Interfaith Harmony Week said today.
More that 75 delegates attended the World Interfaith Harmony Week marked for the first time outside the UN Headquarters.
Some delegates told ENA that Ethiopia is an inspiration for the world in practicing interreligious peace and harmony in a country with people who have diverse religions and cultural practices.
Unity Earth in USA delegate, Yani Maniates said Ethiopia has a strong root in practicing Christianity and Islam religions in a peaceful and harmonious way.
“We are gathered here in Ethiopia to mark the World Interfaith Harmony Week because Ethiopia is a mother country of interfaith harmony”, he added.
According to Maniates, the world is not much aware that Ethiopia is unique in interfaith harmony and religious heritage that should be promoted continuously.
Ben Reisman, a delegate from Holland, said Ethiopia is the right place to get experience on religious and cultural harmony.
Ethiopia is a beautiful country and you see how religions can work together, Reisman said, adding that, “I think Ethiopia is the right place to start giving attention to this idea. But after Ethiopia it should also go to other places in the world.”
U-Day delegate Alludin Offinger said that Ethiopia has a very strong tradition of practicing inter-religious harmony in a diverse community.
He stated that “Ethiopia is really at the top of the point that the religious and cultural harmony in supporting leaders to promote peace, harmony and diversity can inspire the rest of world.”
Inter- Religious Council of Ethiopia was awarded a prize for promoting tolerance, peace and co-existence among the people by United Religious Initiative-Africa.
The golden rule “treat others as you want to be treated” was the central idea of this year’s World Interfaith Harmony Day.
Addis Ababa February 02/2018 Delegates from 65 countries have attended today the World Interfaith Harmony Week which is being marked for the first time outside the UN headquarters at the African Union Headquarters.
The Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia was awarded a prize for promoting tolerance, peace and co-existence among the people by United Religious Initiative-Africa.
Speaking on the occasion, President Mulatu Teshome said, “The Inter-religious Council of Ethiopia has worked strongly to build peaceful coexistence and tolerance throughout the country.”
Peaceful co-existence, human dignity, justice and interfaith harmony among different religions are cultures can be significantly enhanced by teaching the golden rule which says “treat others as you want to be treated”, the President noted.
Promoting the golden rule in this interconnected world is the pathway to build a culture of peace and harmony and secure a better future for this generation and the generation to come, President Mulatu stated, stressing further that the golden rule is central to living together in an increasingly globalized world in which societies are growing more diverse.
Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of United Religious Initiative-Africa said armed conflict, terrorism, extremism, intolerance and gender-based violence are the major threats to human dignity.
Therefore we need to address the issue of human trafficking, organized crime and the impact of armed threats and piracy on peace and security, he added.
According to Mussie, the world “needs to engage actively, work together to promote human and moral values based on inclusion and rejection of all form of terrorism and extremism.”
General-Secretary of the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia, Pastor Zerihun Degu said, “The virtue and values of tolerance and solidarity are deep rooted in our history. The recognition, acceptance, and appreciation of others are part of our recorded history, though some recent developments have shown trends in the wrong direction.”
He noted that Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia have a culture of organization, common dialogue platform to impact their shared values to current and future generations.
According to Pastor Zerihun, “Our relationship with each other is an extension from those early days of our faith with sprit of mutual respect, golden rule and trust.”
The Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia of Ethiopia, U-Day Festival, the African Ombudsman and Mediators Association and World Peace Prayer Society organized are reportedly among the organizers of the event.