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Arab special envoy pledges to improve health situation in Darfur

September 25, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Arab League’s special envoy for humanitarian affairs, Hessa bint Khalifa Al Thani, has vowed to improve the heath situation in Darfur, conceding services in the troubled region had deteriorated and medical supplies remained scarce.

Al Thani was speaking in a press conference held in Khartoum on Thursday at the end of visit to Sudan during which she travelled to North Darfur and South Kordofan to assess humanitarian needs there.

The Qatari princess told reporters she noted the lack of heath dispensaries in some areas adding also that the existing centres suffer from lack of doctors and urged for a swift action to remediate the situation. She also called to include such heath needs in the long-term plans

She reaffirmed the Arab League’s determination to build infrastructure projects in the western Sudan and added they are seeking to establish a joint mechanism to coordinate the activities of humanitarian groups working in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

She further underlined the need to revive the different recovery and development projects the Arab countries agreed to implement in Darfur.

The head of the Arab League’s office in Khartoum, Egyptian diplomat Salah Halima, told reporters that the visiting special envoy had also held consultation meetings with Sudanese officials to assess the humanitarian and development needs and future projects alike.

(ST)