The medical supplies are part of the project entitled "Improving the quality of health care provided to newborn babies in two zones of Tigray and SNNP regions, Ethiopia," launched in March 2020.
It covers 61 health centres, 229 health posts, and six primary hospitals in the two regions.
An estimated 94,000 pregnant women and newborn babies are expected to benefit from the project.
The supplies handed over to the Ministry include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) bubbles with canula for newborn babies, hand operated neonate resuscitators, oxygen concentrators, neonatal room thermometers, pulse oximeters, midwifery kit/equipment, delivery beds, and other essential supplies crucial for the survival of newborns.
In addition to tailored procurement of these essential supplies and equipment, the support from the Chinese government helps to improve the quality of health care for newborn babies through competency-based training of health workers, clinical mentorship, and supporting data reporting and use by health practitioners across the primary health care system - health posts, health centres, and primary hospitals.
"The People’s Republic of China is proud to support the Government of Ethiopia through a strong partnership with UNICEF to tackle the most pressing challenge in the country- reduction of neonatal mortality," said Yang Yihang, Minister Counselor of Economic and Commercial Cooperation at the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, in a press release on Friday.
Ethiopia has achieved commendable results in the reduction of under 5 mortality from a very high level of 222 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 59 deaths per 1000 live births in 2019.
Despite this reduction, deaths of newborn babies have remained high, with an estimated 112,000 dying every year and accounting for 55 per cent of all under-5 child deaths.