UNDP and Partners Join Efforts to Scale up Sudan’s Capacity to Fight Tuberculosis
The Minister of Health, Bahr Idriss Abu Garda received today a commemorative key from UNDP Country Director Selva Ramachandran to mark the handing over of 20 vehicles through the Global Fund grant for combating TB in Sudan at the handover ceremony held this morning at the Ministry of Health.
UNDP Country Director, Mr. Selva Ramachandran addressed the ceremony where he hailed the 10 year successful partnership between the ministry and UNDP to combat HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria all across Sudan. UNDP Country Director further asserted that “Thanks to generous contribution from the Global Fund, , UNDP have handed over to the Ministry of Health since the inception of the grants more than 300 land cruisers, Hilux pickups, minibuses, salons and motorcycles since the inception of the grant to improve access and reach to facilities in all states.”
Minister of Health, Bahr Idriss Abu Garda affirmed in his remarks at the ceremony that the “ For the past ten years, the partnership between the Ministry of Health, UNDP and other UN agencies has been exemplary. An evident drop in the prevalence rate of HIV/AID, TB and malaria can be noted all across Sudan. We are therefore thankful to this successful collaboration to prevent mortalities caused by these three diseases. We further look forward towards continuing our strong relationship with UNDP when we become the main recipient of the Health Strengthening Systems (HSS) grant.”
The purchased vehicles will be used in all states, including 5 in Darfur and 3 in Kordufan states.
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria has been supporting Sudan since 2005 by funding the HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria programs including Health System Strengthening. The overall goal of the Fund supported projects is to prevent deaths caused by the three diseases, to interrupt transmission of HIV, to reduce morbidity, and to strengthen the health system. in the last 10 years, Global Fund has invested about 450m US$ in Sudan to fight HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and to strengthen the health system strengthening