Towards a Sudan that is Free from HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria
UNDP in collaboration with, the Ministry of Health and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS TB and Malaria organized yesterday a two day workshop on accelerating implementation for impact and capacity development of global fund grants in Sudan.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Department Head of High Impact Africa at Global Fund, Michael Byrne stated that the aim of the consultative workshop is to develop a road map for a rapid implementation of grants. He further hailed the significant partnership between the Ministry of Health, the Global Fund and the UNDP for the past 10 years.
He further alluded to the importance of Sudan as having the largest Global Fund portfolio in the world with over 400 million USD being invested in Sudan to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and as being one of the 13 high impact countries. Byrne further emphasized the importance of this workshop to bring together a number of grants implementations’ stakeholders to discuss new approaches , affirming the provision of an additional 140 million for the years 2015 and 2017.
In his speech, UNDP Country Director Selva Ramachandran reiterated UNDP Sudan commitment to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in particular Goal 3: Good health and well-being. He commended the partnership between the Ministry of Health, the Global Fund and the UNDP for the past 10 years which has resulted in rolling back malaria by two thirds, the successful treatment of 76% of TB cases and the significant rise in HIV/AIDS screening in addition to the enhancement of capacities’ working in the health systems in Sudan. The UNDP CO further asserted that UNDP is working closely the Ministry of Health to expedite a smooth and efficient handing over to the Ministry of Health through the provision of policy advice and capacity building interventions. He further commended the latest integrated proposal presented by the ministry which involves designing a comprehensive programmatic intervention for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.
Representing the Ministry of Health, Head of External Relations at the Ministry Mr. Imad Al-Din Awad commended by saying “Catalytic effect of the global Fund resources in improving the overall health systems in Sudan which thanks to its support we have managed to move to another phase. Our main goal in the coming phase is to ensure equity in the provision of service in all areas. We are also very pleased with our collaboration with UNDP in strengthening health systems in all states in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.