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WHO in Sudan - Vol. 1, Special Issue 2007

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A quarterly newsletter of the WHO Representative Office in Sudan

FMoH and WHO emphasize commitment to advance health services

RD visits Sudan

The Government of Sudan and the World Health Organization (WHO) joined forces to emphasize its commitment in advancing health services and building the capacity of the health sector in the country. The commitment was sealed by high level Government and WHO officials during the visit of Dr Hussein Abdel- Razzak Al Gezairy, WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO), in Khartoum on 23-27 February 2007.

Sudan's Minister of Health Dr Tabita Botros Shokai and WHO RD Dr Al Gezairy held several meetings with various health actors; and visited the sites to look into the status of major health activities initiated by the government and WHO. WHO's Regional Director was accompanied by the Director of the Health Protection and Promotion Dr Haifa Madi, the Regional Advisor for Child and Adolescence Health Dr Suzane Farhoud, and the WHO Representative in Sudan Dr Mohamed Abdurrab.

One of the major activities focused on during the visit is strengthening the implementation of the integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI). IMCI is designed to address the causes of the mortality and morbidity of children below five years old.

The IMCI strategy combines improved management of childhood illness with aspects of nutrition, immunization, and other important factors influencing child health, including maternal health.