April 2013 Press release; The European Union has pledged more than 14.5 million Euros ($18.8 million) to support and strengthen Sudan’s health-related programs. Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, Head of delegation of the European Union to Sudan, made the pledge on Monday (April 22nd) speaking at the opening of a Global Health Diplomacy Workshop in Khartoum.
He said the EU’s commitment to Sudan was aimed at strengthening relations to reach the goal of “a prosperous, safe and healthy population in Sudan”. Twelve million Euros would be allocated to strengthen health services in Kassala, Gedaref and Red Sea states according to priorities identified in the national health sector plan. A further 1.5 million Euros is allocated for the Darfur Basic Services Project which targets maternal health in South and East Darfur states, training midwives and nurses, and more than a million Euros would be channeled to non-state actors to address basic health services.
To assist in developing sector strategies, Ambassador Ulicny said the EU is also providing a 23 million Euro contribution to support policy dialogue on national health policies, strategies and plans in seven countries, including Sudan. At the international level, the EU has invested some 83.4 million Euros in the GAVI Alliance which works to save children’s lives through immunization and continues to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, providing 54% of total funding since its inception. The two-day Global Health Diplomacy Workshop, which aimed to highlight the impact of politics on health issues, was attended by a number of ambassadors, diplomats, Sudanese government officials and representatives from international health organizations.