The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a project to enhance emergency preparedness of the health system in Sennar state of Sudan with funding from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
The project is designed to support the state's Ministry of Health and implemented in co-operation with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), QRCS has said in a statement.
A joint team of QRCS and SRCS supervises the preparatory stage of the project, with an extensive series of meetings held with the implementing partners, including the project’s Steering Committee from the Ministry of Health and its different departments in Khartoum.
Meetings have already been held with the departments of International Health and Health Emergencies to co-ordinate the implementation of the project.
A joint team of QRCS and SRCS has visited Sennar to inspect the preparations for the project
The joint team visited Sennar to inspect preparations for the project. They met with the management of SRCS’s branch in Sennar to discuss various aspects of work, the activities to be done and the staff and volunteers to be hired.
At Sennar’s Ministry of Health, Dr Awadallah Hamdan, head of the QRCS office in Sudan, gave a detailed overview of the project to the state’s Health Minister-designate, Dr Al-Hadi Awadallah who commended the project’s plan and valued the efforts of Qatar and QRCS to stand by the people of Sudan.
During the visit, a plenary meeting was held with representatives from the ministry’s laboratories as well as epidemiology and other departments, to discuss the action plan and locations. The team took a tour of some of the areas proposed for isolation facilities, monitoring and reporting points, and the central laboratory.
One of the locations visited was Sennar Teaching Hospital, where the available capabilities and premises were reviewed.
In the presence of the Governor of Sennar, Al-Mahy Mohamed Soliman, health institutions and other partners in the state, a presentation on the project was given by the Ministry of Health, which promised to provide all facilities to accelerate the implementation process.
The governor of Sennar thanked QFFD and QRCS for this generous and timely initiative to meet the increasing needs of the state, amid a spread of diseases and lack of medical equipment and supplies at hospitals and laboratories.
“This project is a significant contribution to the state’s health system,” said Soliman. “It will help solve many health problems here and in neighbouring states."
He accompanied the team on a visit to the designated location of the new central laboratory. He offered every possible support from his side to facilitate all the stages of the project.
The visit concluded with a meeting between SRCS and the management of the central laboratory to discuss the outcomes of the visit, the proposed locations and the next steps.