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12 April 2019, KAMPALA (Uganda): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today closed a Validation Workshop for the Assessment of Cross Border Tuberculosis (TB) Services and Referral System in the IGAD Region in Kampala.

In 2018, IGAD Health and the USAID-funded Challenge TB (CTB) Project conducted assessments to gather information on the situation and services related to TB prevention and control at the IGAD countries border areas, and to understand the current inter-country TB presumptive and patient referral system.

The assessment collected data from 26 border areas Health facilities prioritized by IGAD for cross border activities and representing the IGAD member states of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. Within each country, the teams conducted health  facility visits, interviews with stakeholders, and desk research to collect information.

This five-day workshop brought together the Heads of the National TB Programme (NTP), Experts on M&E and information system within the TB programme, and in-country national and district assessors who conducted the assessments.

During the workshop the Assessment Report of Health Services and Resources for Diagnosis and Management of Tuberculosis in Cross-border & Mobile Populations was validated, as well as the Report of IGAD Member States’ Inter-Country Referral System Assessment for Tuberculosis. Also, the participants provide input to the draft Minimum Package of TB Services for cross border and mobile populations and Inter-country TB referral/transfer notification system.

Speaking for the Director of the Health and Social Development Division, Fatuma Adan-Senior Regional program Coordinator encouraged the participants to “bear in mind the difficulties faced in the control of diseases among across national borders. “Please document and raise any challenges you learn in the  pilot to IGAD for appropriate regional policy interventions to help build resilient health systems in the region”, she concluded.

IGAD, through the joint partnership with USAID and the USAID-funded Challenge TB (CTB) project managed by the KNCV Nairobi regional office, continues to increase its focus on improving the health of cross border/mobile population (CBMP) and strengthening inter country referral systems for Tuberculosis amongst its member states..

 

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01 April 2019, KAMPALA (Uganda):The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning launched a knowledge management (KM) and community of practice training workshop on health in Kampala in collaboration with the John Hopkins University’s Knowledge for Health Project (K4Health) that is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Each IGAD member state delegated representatives from their respective national Ministry of Health .They are joined by Experts from IGAD Secretariat and Health Specialists team.

The main aim of this training is to address knowledge management gaps identified during the KM Needs and Gaps assessment that was conducted in August and September 2018 by IGAD and K4Health.

On behalf of the Ag Director of Health and Social Development Division-Madam Fathia Alwan, Senior Programme Coordinator Fatuma Adan in her opening remarks acknowledged that “Knowledge Management plays a crucial role in strengthening the regional integration and development agenda of IGAD because of its direct linkage with health research and evidence-based policy formulation”.

She said her hope to see this training going “a long way in enhancing Member States capacities in KM and establish a pool of experts who will mentor others and help in institutionalizing KM for better information management, for better decision making, for better health outcomes”.

The Director of Policy, Plan. Monitoring & Evaluation at the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, Mrs Biruk Abata, officially opened the training in her capacity as Chairperson after thanking partners for the support provided and urging delegates to take stock of the opportunity.

Upon successful convening of the training, the participants are expected to generate success stories ideas to be documented for sharing on the IGAD website, and to develop member state and IGAD secretariat knowledge management plans for their countries post-training.

The United States Agency for International Development’s Kenya and East African Mission (USAID/KEA) approached the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), on behalf of the USAID-funded and CCP-led Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, to provide technical support for the strengthening of IGAD KM capacity.

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14 March 2019, ADDIA ABABA, Ethiopia: A delegation led by Prof. Melaku Game-Clinical Oncologist and Dr. Girum Hailu Maheteme, Senior Advisor to the Health and Social Development Division of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Regional Focal Person for the IGAD Cancer Initiative, accompanied by the members of the mission Dr. Mebratu Madebo-Nuclear Physicist, and Eng. Zeleke Belay, Senior Architect,  was received by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Sahle Work Zewde on 11 March.

The delegation was visiting the office of the Ethiopian President to Seek Leadership support and assistance for the advancement of the Cancer Initiative and to establishing the IGAD Regional Cancer Centre of Excellence that works for the region and beyond.

The delegation members gave the President an overview of IGAD Health and Social Development activities and achievements, with focus on IGAD Cancer Initiative and the progress made so far towards the establishment of a Regional Cancer Centre of Excellence (RCCE). The delegation kindly requested the President to be the Lead Patron for the establishment of the said IGAD RCCE in sensitising IGAD Member States and partners to the fight against cancer and mobilising the diplomatic, International and donor community for support.

 President Sahle-Work Zewde is of the opinion that health should be “a major priority in Africa and in our region for development”. She added that the Cancer Initiative is a good start and must be supported. The President also noted that the resources needed for such an endeavour is huge that indicates the need to have systematic and comprehensive resource mobilisation strategy, primarily from Member states, the African Union Commission, and the members of IGAD Partners Forum.

 

 

 

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14-02-2019, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA: The Director of Health & Social Development Division of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ms Fathia Alwan, today opened a Regional Seminar for Judges aimed at promoting regional cooperation and coordination on the protection of vulnerable migrants along with the Head of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia, and a representative from the Embassy of Germany to Ethiopia.

Participants from IGAD Member States plus Egypt and Tunisia, including judges and other criminal justice practitioners, representatives from CSOs, academia, and government are participating in this two-day Seminar.

At this Seminar, judges will have the opportunity to discuss challenges and best-practices pertinent to migration-related cases, involving issues such as human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, while focusing specifically on the judiciary’s role.

During her opening remarks Ms Fathia Alwan noted that the United Nations Global Compact for Migration “acknowledges the critical role of the judiciary in protecting the human rights of migrants and prosecuting the perpetrators of Smuggling and Trafficking in Human beings”.

She recalled that in 2015, “IGAD convened a Regional Consultative Process meeting on Trafficking in Persons and Migrants Smuggling”, and that “one of the major findings from the meeting was that in most instances, vulnerable migrants and victims of trafficking and smuggling are more likely to end up in administrative detention, and in some instances, they are prosecuted due to absence of clear policies on victim assistance and witness protection”.

Ms Fathia Alwan concluded by calling on the participants “to strive to reduce the risks and vulnerabilities migrants face at different stages of migration by respecting, protecting and fulfilling their human rights and providing them with care and assistance”.

The Seminar is supported by the European Union and the German Cooperation. The objective of the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme is to improve the migration management in the Eastern African region in response to the needs identified by the countries of the Khartoum Process.

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Dec. 06, 2018, DJIBOUTI (Djibouti): Ethiopia Federal Minister of Education, H.E. Dr. Tilaye Getie, today presided over the “Second Conference of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers in charge of Education/Higher Education on the Implementation of the Djibouti Declaration on Education for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities” in Addis Ababa.

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