Ambassador Robert van den Dool, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan made the following speech during the inauguration of several EU funded projects implemented by Save the Children. The launching was organized at Al Salam Hotel. The speech:
Your Excellences, the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Social Development, and the Representatives of the Ministries of Health, Education, Governor of Khartoum State, HAC representatives and members of international organizations,
Al Salam Aleikum and Ramadan Mubarak,
It is always a nice moment when EU can present its concrete support to the people of Sudan and today is such an occasion, as we are launching several EU funded project to support the Sudanese people.
Today the European Union collaborates with Save the Children on a number of projects to serve the children of Sudan and their families. This partnership is one that we really value to have been part of in the past, and upon seeing the achievements, we are determined to continue to supporter today and in the future.
Through our Civil protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations interventions, the EU supports the Ministry of Health through Save the Children to improve access and utilization of life-saving Health, Nutrition, COVID-19 responses and most recently, vaccinations, while we also we ensure the provision of Food Security services for the most vulnerable IDPs, refugees and host communities.
We are currently supporting 121 Primary Health Care Facilities across Sudan. Through ECHO, we are also supporting schools in Emergencies project that targets 37 basic schools in Jebel Marra and have already reached more than 17,000 school-age children, who enrolled in the formal education and benefited from safe, inclusive and quality education.
We have also started supporting Save the Children and the Ministry of Health on COVID Isolation Centres as well as operational support on COVAX rollout. Furthermore, we are supporting the Ministry of Education through the Education programme EQUIP.
While the programme was focusing on the Red Sea and Kordofan states, it will extend for the next 3 years to the Blue Nile and Khartoum states starting this year, with substantially increased budgetary means. Our objective is to participate to the fulfilment of the right to quality education by improving the basic education with due care with the most marginalized groups living in vulnerable situations, especially girls as well as children with disabilities do.
Today, we are all here because we all believe and know, that the Children of Sudan, when assisted, protected and empowered, will be the power of change that will build the so-long expected modern, peaceful and prosperous Sudan. Once again, thank you all for attending, and for your continued interest and support. I would also like to thank Malik Arshad, Country Director of save The children for organising this event.
Khartoum 5 May 2021