Communication Officer of the Italian Cooperation
Tigrai Online - May 27, 2013
‘To be a mother in Ethiopia’ is the new section of the exhibition ‘The Smiles of African Mothers’ by the Comitato Collaborazione Medica (CCM) or Collaborative Medical Committee-an Italian NGO working on the right to health-and the prestigious Magnum Photos agency, which will be previewed in Addis Ababa at 18.30 on 30 May 2013 at the Italian Cultural Institute. The President of CCM, Marilena Bertini, the Director of Magnum, Lorenza Bravetta, and the Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia, S.E. Renzo Rosso will be present at the opening.
‘The Smiles of African Mothers’ is being expanded for 2013 with this new section dedicated to CCM’s work on maternal and child health in Ethiopia, where the organisation has been working for over 30 years. ‘To be a mother in Ethiopia’ brings together a selection of shots taken by Magnum photogapher Bieke Depoorter during a trip to visit CCM projects which took place last February, and in particular focuses on the activities of the NGO in the Filtu and Bale areas, where it works with the support of the Italian Development Cooperation. The section is the first of three thematic studies which will expand the exhibition ‘The Smiles of African Mothers’ until 2015.
The wider campaign ‘the Smiles of African Mothers’, which the show makes up a part of, will be ending the same year in 2015, hopefully having fulfilled the objectives set at its launch in 2011; to support 200,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth, and to treat and vaccinate 500,000 children in the countries where we work. In the first year of the project, assistance during pregnancy and childbirth was guaranteed to over 27 thousand women and a further 122 thousand children were supported during birth and provided with treatments and vaccinations. In Ethiopia specifically, CCM reached 3,060 women during pregnancy and childbirth in 2012; 14,426 children under five were vaccinated and treated; and 17,660 men and women were educated on maternal and child health.
“Showing the preview of these fantastic photos in the country they depict is our way of reinforcing the links that have united CCM with Ethiopia for many decades” said Marilena Bertini, President of CCM, “the hospitality of the Italian Cultural Institute and the support of the Italian Cooperative are an honour for us, and underline the value of this initiative which sees us working alongside the prestigious Magnum Photos agency.”
After the Ethiopian preview, which will be on show until 13 June, the section will arrive in Italy where it will be officially opened on 21 June in the Piazza Carlo Alberto in Turin. Info at www.ccm-italia.orgFor Further Information please contact: CCM - Silvia Trentini Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Italian Development Cooperation - Flaminia Battistelli
The Italian Development Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Italy in Addis Ababa, together with Fondazione Rita Levi -Montalcini Onlus, founded by the Nobel Prize winner Prof. Rita Levi Montalcini, and in collaboration with the Italian NGO Medici con l’Africa Cuamm, MoH, MoWCYA and the Ethiopian Catholic Church, will launch on the 30th May 2013 the workshop on “Women Education in Health’ - Strategies for the enhancement of maternal and newborn health. The commitment of a Nobel Prize Rita Levi-Montalcini” to be held at the Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa.
The objective of the workshop is to encourage the role of women and their training in health, with special focus on fostering child and maternal health in Ethiopia. The event, which brings together public and private health professionals and leaders from all over the country and abroad, represents a valuable opportunity to jointly evaluate actions taken by various stakeholders to improve child and maternal health and to analyze ways forward.
“We hope this workshop will be not only an opportunity to share knowledge and experience, but also a valid contribution to the substantial progress Ethiopia is making in the maternal and newborn health sector. We will continue to support future efforts undertaken by the Ethiopian Government towards the achievement of the health MDGs, especially through the new Ethio-Italian Country Framework 2013-15”, said Ambassador of Italy Renzo Rosso.
The workshop will be attended by the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Lapo Pistelli and the Italian Director General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Giampaolo Cantini, who are holding an official visit to the Country that will be also the occasion for the signature, with the Government of Ethiopia, of the new Country Framework 2013-15.For Further Information please contact: Flaminia Battistelli - Communication Officer of the Italian Cooperation
Workshop organized by the Italian Development Cooperation of the Embassy of Italy in Addis Ababa (IDC), under the auspices of Fondazione onlus Rita Levi-Montalcini (FRLM) and in partnership with Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Women Children and Youth Affairs (MoWCYA), Italian NGO Doctors with Africa/CUAMM and the Ethiopian Catholic Church.