The 1st EMRC technical workshop strated in Khartoum on Tue Sep 7, by the opening address of Dr Igbal Ahemd El-Bashir, The director general of human resources at the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health who congratulated the Eastern Mediterranean Region for collaboration on making this event happen and expressed her ministry's support for these kind of international cooperation.
Dr Mohsen Asadi-Lari, the board member of the Global Fund, thanked all the participants and especially His Excellency Mr. AbuGarada, the federal Minister of Health, for his generous support for this workshop and other collaborations in the region.
He also stressed that EMR constituency should be more robust structurally and more participatory in its decisions to be able to have a better position in the GF Board and more effective in tackling regional challenges including the protracted conflicts and mass migrations unprecedented in history.
He expressed the thrive to strengthen the collaboration and expanding the network within the region and beyond in order to mobilize resources and harness innovative mechanisms for achieving sustainable development and stronger health systems in the region.
Dr. Mohamed Saleh Ben Ammar, the alternate board member, was the next speaker who expressed his gratitude to Sudanese organizers and stressed the importance of this event for strengthening the capacity and collaboration in the region to address the challenging environment to tackle epidemics in this region.
Dr. Naeema Al-Gasseer, Deputy Regional Director of the World Health Organization was the last speaker on the opening session who spoke about her expereinces in conflic and emergency affected countries and emphasized on enhancing engagement of the countries and having a one voice in the region.
The inauguration speech by Dr Asadi-Lari is attached to this news piece.