The Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom and the European Union (EU), key donors to the Health Pooled Fund (HPF) on Monday launched the distribution of 432 tons of medical supplies to eight states where the HPF has health centres.
At the launch, South Sudan Health authorities hailed the HPF donors (EU, DFID, USAID, Sweden, Canada, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines (GAVI) for their support to the health sector in the country.
“Our minds are focused on COVID-19 these days but the other diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis among others are not going away,” the EU deputy head of Mission in South Sudan Mr Alessandro Rossi told the press.
Health Minister Elisabeth Acuei said: “As Minister of Health, I will work with you. I am really appealing to you to continue doing a great job as you have done before.”
EU’s representative on the other hand pointed to the fact that cooperation amongst government, donors and health partners can help to defeat COVID-19 while keeping health services available for all across the country.
“As donors to HPF, what you see here is a demonstration of how much cooperation among health partners (government, donors and implementing partners) can do for a healthy South Sudan. Other diseases are not going away, so supplies are very important to manage other sicknesses too. The EU is here to stay and work with you for a healthier South Sudan,” Mr Rossi said.