Eritrea: The only African country Producing Intraocular Lenses

Amna Hamid celebrates the restoration of her vision after having a Fred Hollows IOL implanted at the Birhan Eye Hospital in Asmara.

By TesfaNews,

As 600,000 Africans goes blind every year as a result of Cataract, demands for intraocular lenses produced by the only Intraocular Lens Laboratory on the African continent shows a significant increase.

Established by world’s renowned Australian Ophthalmologist, the Eritrea based Fred Hollows Intraocular Laboratory (IOL) so far exports over 2.2 million intraocular lenses to more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe ever since its inception in 1994.

By applying international standard work procedures and state-of-the-art equipment, the plant has reached to a capacity of producing 200,000 intraocular lenses annually to satisfy the year-to-year growing demands. Continue reading


The Number of Medical Doctors in Eritrea on the Rise

With in 7 years time, Eritrea trained nearly 100 medical doctors and specialists

By TesfaNews,

Eritrea has shown tremendous progress in producing a number of competent medical doctors and specialists from its two medical schools based on its own capacity.

The Orotta School of Medicine and Dentistry which was established inside the national referral hospital, Orotta, was first opened in 2004 with only 32 students by offering an eight-year course program in Medicine and a seven-year course program in Dentistry.  Continue reading

Namibian Copper Acquires two Advanced Stage Exploration Projects in Eritrea

Namibian Copper NL will now develop the Hambuk and Kerkebet projects in Eritrea

By Proactive Investors,

An Austarialian mining company, Namibian Copper (ASX: NCO), has acquired two prime, advanced stage exploration projects that include Mogoraib River / Hambok project and Kerkebet Exploration Licences .

Mogoraib River is located immediately along strike and to the south of the Bisha gold and copper mine. Kerkebet River contains a new high grade gold discovery at Aradaib and is located along strike to the north of Bisha.  Bisha is operated by Nevsun (TSX: NSU), is capitalized at C$779 million and is the largest mining project in Eritrea.  Continue reading

Sunridge Gold Announces New Higher Grade Resource for the Adi Nefas Deposit

The main advantage for Adi Nefas deposit is its close proximity (6 km) to the 70 million tonne Emba Derho VMS deposit

By Proactive Investor,

Sunridge Gold (CVE:SGC) Wednesday announced a new independent resource estimate for the Adi Nefas zinc-gold-copper volcanogenic-massive-sulphide (VMS) deposit at its 100 percent-owned Asmara project in Eritrea.

The company said that indicated resources in the primary zone are 1.8 million tonnes averaging 10.05% zinc, 3.31 grams per tonne (g/t) gold, 1.78% copper and 115 g/t silver.

Total contained metals in the indicated categories at Adi Nefas were estimated as 408.0 million pounds of zinc, 72.2 million pounds of copper, 196,000 ounces of gold and 6.81 million ounces of silverContinue reading

South African Team to use Eritrean Riders for Le Tour de Langkawi Malaysia 2012

Eritrean Riders gears up for LTdL Malaysia 2012 under South African team

By TesfaNews,

Three South African based Eritrean cyclists will compete this week at the 2012 Le Tour de Langkawi cycling event representing South Africa’s ‘MTN-Qhubeka‘ team.

The 10 day race that maintains a 2.HC (Hors Classe) status by UCI begins on February 24 in Malaysia.

This year’s MTN-Qhubeka team for the Tour de Langkawi will feature raiders like Jani Tewelde, Meron Russom and Tesfai Habtariam, all from Eritrea, Adrien Niyonshuti from Rwanda along with Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Dennis van Niekerk from South AfricaContinue reading

A Comprehensive and Enduring Solution for Somalia: Eritrea’s Perspective

The way forward for Somalia is - a Somali-owned and driven political process supported by an honest and effective facilitation process that empowers Somalis and wards off interventions that undermine their efforts.

By Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

For over two decades the collapse of the Somali state has caused untold suffering to the people of Somalia, aggravated regional conflict and instability and spawned problems with wider ramifications.

Over this period many attempts at finding a settlement have been made- some by Somalis, many more by external actors. Whatever the merits or demerits of these efforts, it is undeniable that the Somali problem continues to fester. Hence the need for a sober and honest assessment of past experience and the adoption of a courageous and effective approach that gives primary focus to addressing the root causes of the Somali crisis.  Continue reading

US Already Looks to Post Meles Zenawi: ION

The unreserved political and financial support by the US government to a minority regime that ultimately destined to fail will soon to come to its end

All is well that ends well.... just let's wait and see!

By The Indian Ocean Newsletter,

Some Ethiopian opponents are convinced that the United States may have already begun to discuss the succession of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

The United States has already reportedly begun to check two options for what could follow after Prime Minister Meles Zenawi:

He could either rapidly designate his own successor to prepare him for his role, or He could establish government of national unity before the end of his termContinue reading