The European Union, in conglomeration with IGAD, is launching a new action today in Gedaref through its COVID-19 Response program, aiming at increased essential health, water and sanitation services.
In addition to the European Union and Intergovernmental Development Authority (IGAD), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UNOPS are also aiding in the Gedaref COVID-19 action launch.
The COVD-19 response program aims to rehabilitate and expand two hospitals in Doka to ensure greater access to health services, improve access to water in both Um Rakouba and Doka, as well as sanitation services in the Um Rakouba refugee camp.
The works comes as part of an effort led by the European Union to mitigate health and socioeconomic impacts brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout seven IGAD countries.
Migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and cross-border communities are the vulnerable groups the program caters to the most.
“Through this multilateral programme, the European Union helps countries in the IGAD region tackle the health and socioeconomic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic,” the European Union stated regarding the COVID-19 Response program.
IGAD Head of Mission in Sudan, Dr. Osman Bilail, stated that the “hospital renovation helps to improve the population access to improved health care for the refugees and host population equitably.”
The European Union has been a major contributor to the “COVAX” initiative that had helped deliver over 800,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Sudan last March.
The EU funded COVID-19 response is currently managed by UNOPS, and implemented by IGAD, IOM, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) and UNICEF.