Sudan: UN, Italy Sign Grant to Improve Kassala Healthcare.


In order to bolster the quality of healthcare services in Kassala Sudan, a €4.2 million agreement has been inked between the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS). The project is aimed at increasing the accessibility and caliber of healthcare services and creating a secure atmosphere in which people with disabilities can get such services. 

The UN in Sudan in an official statement said that UNOPS will build the two main roads at Kassala Hospital in Sudan that connect the general surgery unit, maternity hospital, blood bank, and diagnostic center. 

The project will also involve renovating and paving the exterior spaces that connect the new pediatric unit, the diagnostic center, and the blood bank. Furthermore, UNOPS will construct the second section of the general surgery unit’s first phase, occupying 2,750 square meters of total building space.

According to the UN statement, the project will be centered on gender and equity, with 2.8 million individuals expected to profit. 

Michele Tommasi, the Italian ambassador to Sudan, noted that Italy ranks among the top providers of money given to Sudan to support its many sectors. Health, social inclusion, disability, gender equality, economic advancement, agriculture, and cultural and archeological heritage protection are some of these fields.  The construction of the Kassala Health Citadel is one of Italy’s most significant projects.

The Italian organization has been steadfast in its support of Sudan, according to Michele Morana, Director of AICS Khartoum: “We have intensified our support and localized it in the eastern states of the country, where the Italian cooperation has a long-lasting presence and strong relationships with the Sudanese authorities, based on mutual trust and collaboration.”

The Sudan’s war that broke out in mid-April terribly impacted all aspects of healthcare across Sudan and due to a critical shortage of necessary supplies, the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) suspended its support to surgical operations at Bashayes Teaching Hospital in southern Khartoum. 

However, the Sudanese healthcare system has delayed making decisions concerning healthcare services. In September, UNICEF and the World Health Organization warned that more than 10,000 children will die by the end of this year as a result of attacks and disruptions to health and nutrition services in Sudan. 

Millions of children are at risk of contracting cholera, dengue, measles, malaria, and other diseases as a result of the six-month fighting in Sudan, according to a joint statement from the two groups. They also noted that organizations are facing growing difficulties as a result of limitations on access, resources, safety, and security.

According to the statement, UNICEF and the WHO note that over 70% of hospitals in areas affected by war are not operating. As of now, the WHO has confirmed 58 attacks on healthcare facilities, which have left patients and medical staff injured and 31 people dead.

According to the statement, the rainy season fosters an environment that is conducive to the spread of vector and waterborne illnesses. He observed that there is a fast-rising danger of death from maternal complications, low immunization rates, illness outbreaks, and hunger.

Approximately 700,000 kids are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and another 100,000 kids require life-saving care for acute malnutrition combined with medical problems. According to Mandeep O’Brien, UNICEF representative in Sudan, “maternal, newborn, and infant health and nutrition services – a lifeline in a country where nearly 14 million children need urgent humanitarian support – have been destroyed in some areas.” “Pay for healthcare staff has been delayed for several months. All the supplies are used up. Attacks on critical infrastructure are still ongoing.”


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