The United Arab Emirates (UAE), in co-ordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), has delivered 30 tons of medical supplies to Sudan on Friday.
A plane landed at Port Sudan with a shipment valued at US$ 444 000 is the first that WHO has been able to deliver by air to Sudan since the outbreak of the conflict.
The WHO supplies distributed to heath facilities prior to the escalation of conflict were exhausted after a few days because of the rise in injuries.
The UAE's continuous relief efforts in Sudan reflects its deep relations with the country. The UAE’s relief is also an extension of its humanitarian commitment during crises and emergency situations.
UAE assisted in evacuating many citizens from Sudan as the fighting spiraled out of control since April 15.
Dr Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, said that the UAE "continues to work closely alongside the World Health Organization to ensure the successful deployment of the critical logistics operations to send urgent medical and food aid to help address the current crisis in Sudan. In parallel with calls for all sides of the current conflict to immediately cease hostilities and de-escalate a situation that is causing untold suffering for the Sudanese people, the UAE is steadfast in its commitment to providing aid and assistance to countries in times of need.”
“The UAE is particularly focused on providing for the most vulnerable groups affected by the situation in Sudan, especially the sick, children, the elderly, and women who are most at risk from the ongoing concerning conflict – and these relief flights will directly address the most pressing gaps in medical and food provision. The UAE's deeply held humanitarian values have meant that it has ensured it has continued to communicate to the world its robust and unrelenting dedication to strengthening peace, security and stability, not just regionally, but also worldwide, whilst alongside its partners and the international community, the country continues to assist the Sudanese people in times of crisis,” he added.
The health supplies include enough trauma, emergency surgical supplies, and essential medicines to immediately reach 165 000 people in need.
It has been widely reported that Sudanese health facilities have run out of basic health supplies and that national medical stores are no longer accessible due to the security situation.
WHO is deploying two emergency logisticians traveling with the cargo to ensure that these supplies are immediately distributed to 13 major health facilities.
WHO has another 30 metric tons of supplies for malaria and noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension, conditions that can become deadly if left untreated. These and about 23 000 blood bags are being readied within the WHO global logistics hub in the International Humanitarian City, and WHO is currently exploring all possibilities for delivering these supplies to Sudan as quickly as possible in collaboration with the Sudanese Ministry of Health.
“The World Health Organization continues to coordinate with the Sudanese health authorities to deliver essential health supplies through all available pathways. Due to the conflict, hospitals, pharmacies and primary health care facilities have stocked out of essential, life-saving medicines. The arrival of an additional 30 metric tons of trauma and emergency surgery supplies as well as essential medicines will enable WHO to support 13 major health facilities and re-establish health care services for those in need. Our global logistics hub in Dubai plays a vital role in ensuring an uninterrupted supply of health commodities and we are grateful for the support provided by the United Arab Emirates to facilitate our first charter flight of these desperately needed supplies. It is support such as this that shows in action our Regional vision of health for all, by all,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.
The medical aid provided by the World Health Organization through the UAE accounted for approximately 55% of the total medical supplies provided to Sudan from abroad in 2022.
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