The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) in cooperation with the European Union and the United Nations in Sudan will provide the Federal Ministry of Health, on Sunday, medical equipment and aids, tools for corona testing, and protective devices to face the Coronavirus pandemic in Sudan.
The IGAD issued a press release stating that an official ceremony will be organized on the 24th of current January at the organization’s offices in Khartoum, during which personal protection equipment, corona testing kits, a mobile laboratory and an ambulance used to reach the border areas will be provided in the presence of the acting Federal Health Minister, Dr. Osama Abdel Rahim and the participation of representatives of IGAD, the EU and the UNs in Sudan
The statement noted that the EU has allocated a financial grant of 60 million euros to help facing the health, social and economic impacts of the Corona pandemic, in support of the (IGAD), which coordinates the activities of responding to the Corona pandemic in the Horn of Africa.
It is worth noting that Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Hamdouk is the current head of IGAD, which includes Sudan, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Somalia.
The current support program for the Corona pandemic activities on which the IGAD is based focuses on vulnerable groups in the IGAD countries, and includes migrants, refugees and displaced persons within and between countries of the region, as well as cross-border groups, and the funds allocated for this program are estimated at more than 13 million euros of medical supplies and equipment.
The program also focuses on providing health response, water, sanitation and hygiene services, preventing social violence based on gender discrimination, in addition to communicating about risks, with the assistance in ensuring borders’ security, the vital supply chains for trade, and promotes digital solutions for crises monitoring.
The IGAD’s program aims to support more than one million people across the region, and the implementation arrangements include direct funding to the UN office – services and projects to run the program with implementing partners – namely, the IGAD, the International Organization for Migration, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).