European Union Delegation to Sudan - Italian Development Cooperation
On the 5th of December, H. E. Mr. Jean–Michel Dumond, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of the Sudan, visited cooperation projects funded by the European Union, which support agriculture, livelihoods, fisheries, education and health in Red Sea State.
The visit also included health projects carried-out by the Italian Cooperation, in particular: “Promoting Qualitative Health Services” and “Improve the Health Status of Vulnerable Population" implemented across three (3) states in East Sudan.
With a total budget of 13.1 million euro, both health programmes aim to further extend the universal right to health. This has been done by improving access to health care for people living in the rural areas, developing the local health administration and supporting the national health policies. In addition, health facilities have been rehabilitated and constructed, health staff trained and drugs distribution in the communities strengthened.
In Port Sudan, Ambassador Dumond met with the Minister of Health in Red Sea State, H.E. Hatim Mohammed Aliass and visited two health centres, Omar Ibn Khatab and Ahmed Gasim as well as the Maternal Pediatric Tagadom Hospital. All facilities have been rehabilitated and equipped with funding from the European Union. Fully operational, they now provide quality health care to 110,000 people, in three different areas of Port Sudan, where also a considerable number of migrants and Internally Displaced Persons live. Ambassador Dumond remarked: “In addition to providing much needed health care to people in need, these large projects support local and state health administration by creating successful models that should be replicated across the Red Sea State and all over Sudan. Additional funding and enhanced planning at State and Federal level are essential to ensure that more people in Red Sea State can benefit from access to quality healthcare.”
The interventions started in 2014 and 2015 and are an example of a successful cooperation between the European Union and Italy. Dr. Paolo Giambelli, Head of the European Health Programmes with the Italian Cooperation, confirmed: “We have been working to strengthen the health system at locality and state level. A joint and strong collaboration and integration with Sudanese people and Institutions helped us to achieve the results.”
At Tagadom Hospital, the Director, Dr. Ahmed Darreer, expressed his deep gratitude to the European Union and to the Italian Cooperation: “When the European Union and the Italian Cooperation came here for the first time to start to work with us, it was kind of a dream. Today we can say it is a reality that makes us proud and allows us to do our job and provide health service to the people”.