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Building a resilient health system in Sudan

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Khartoum, 10 March 2019 – WHO, the Federal Ministry of Health of Sudan and the Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam, have just concluded a 2-week training of trainers workshop on strengthening a decentralized health system to attain universal health coverage projects in Sudan.

The training, held in the National Medical Supplies Fund Training Centre in Khartoum, was attended by 40 health system professionals from various departments of the Ministry of Health, state Ministries of Health and the National Health Insurance Fund, and academicians.

Dr._Naeema_WHO_Representative_addressing_the_closing_ceremonyDr._Naeema_WHO_Representative_addressing_the_closing_ceremonyThe training aimed to build the capacity of health management teams from various localities to conduct resilient health system training using a standardized module adapted to local needs. “Building a resilient health system in Sudan is among WHO and the Government of Sudan's priorities and engaging local communities is central to achieving this,” said Dr Naeema Al Gasseer, WHO Representative in Sudan. “We are joining efforts, mobilizing available resources, and collaborating with the world most experienced institutions to achieve this goal by end of this year. We would like to express our gratitude to the Government of Japan for its support to this important project,” Dr Al Gasseer added.

“We are happy with the high level of technical experts present to support us in this workshop and ready to exhaust all efforts to ensure the translation of the knowledge and skills gained for the benefit of the people of Sudan,” said Professor Babikir Kaballo, Undersecretary of the Federal Ministry of Health. “The diversity of facilitators will assist participation in revising and modifying the curriculum and practising presentations with advanced scientific feedback,” he added.

The course addressed a wide range of topics, including analysis of the health system, health system and social determinants of health, the Health in All Policies approach and universal health coverage and primary health care. It also covered other areas like health services planning and stakeholder mapping, health system challenges and response strategies, health resources allocation, financing, and human resources, medicine and medical supplies management, information use for decision-making, in addition to governance and community engagement.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 40 783
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 7.2
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 311
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 65.1

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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