Khartoum, Wednesday 24th June 2020: The second EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight has arrived in Khartoum, facilitated by Sweden, France and the EU’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Office. This flight is delivering vital medical and humanitarian equipment, humanitarian staff and a high level delegation from Europe, underlining a message of support and solidarity for Sudan in these difficult times.
This second flight follows the first arrival of two weeks ago. In total the EU has now brought the largest single amount of equipment to Sudan, with more than 92 tonnes of equipment and 35 humanitarian workers who will boost the medical and humanitarian service delivery throughout the country.
Accompanying this second delivery is a high level delegation led by EU Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic. He is joined by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Carina Andersson, the Africa and Middle East Director of the Swedish Red Cross as well as officials of the European Union. The Secretary General of the international NGO Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland has also joined the flight, symbolically representing the return to Sudan of all NGOs which were forced out during the previous regime about 10 years ago.
At the occasion of this important Air Bridge flight arrival, the EU, the World Health Organization and the Federal Ministry of Health signed a tripartite declaration of support for the COVID 19 response in Sudan. In support of the integrated COVID response programme of the Ministry of Health, the WHO and EU have agreed on financial contributions of the EU of Euro 11.5 million. This is a unique combination of humanitarian and development cooperation resources, aimed at quickly support testing capacity, health service delivery and quarantine capacity development by WHO. The EU’s Humanitarian Aid Office has also signed an agreement with NRC to help Sudanese vulnerable children to gain access to education.
The high-level delegation also met with Prime Minister Hamdok, at the eve of the international Sudan Partnership Conference, which will take place tomorrow. This all important event for Sudan, which will be co-hosted by Germany, the UN, the EU and the government of Sudan, will bring together a substantial amount of resources for Sudan's democratic transition and economic recovery. In addition to the 11.5 million COVID support, pledged at the occasion of the Air Bridge today, the EU and its Member States will pledge substantial additional support at the Partnership Conference.