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The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the sub recipient of the IGAD GF Regional TB-HIV grant for Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. The grant agreement was signed between IGAD and UNHCR on 17 July 2017 in Geneva. It is a US$ 2,804,563 grant for 21 months which will be implemented in prioritized 13 refugee camps and settlements aimed at improving the availability and utilization of HIV and TB services through complementing existing UNHCR fund programs. On the behalf of UNHCR, Rosella Pagliuchi-Lor, Director Division of External Relation signed the PR-SR grant agreement and expressed her appreciation to IGAD for having the partnership and supporting TB-HIV programs in refugee camps in the region.

Following the signing of the grant agreement, His excellency, Amb(Eng) Mahboub discussed with Mr George Okoth-Obbo, Assistance High commissioner, UNHCR and other UNHCR officials including the CCRF Director. His excellency, Amb Mahboub, the ES, IGAD, briefed the Assistance Commissioner, UNHCR and other Management team members about the Nairobi Action plan with focus on the progress since March 25 and upcoming process and events. The Assistance Commissioner highlights that IGAD is championing the CCRF and needs to maintain this momentum.

Both parties agreed to strengthen Institutional relationship, share of information on regularly basis, showcase the outcome of the March 2017 summit on the durable solutions to Somalia refugees and stepping up jointly to the South Sudan crisis.


17-07-2017, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning opened the 1st Regional Experts Meeting on Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Initiative (MRHI) during an inauguration session chaired by Mr. Abdoulkader Walyei Fato from the Ethiopian Food, Medicine, and Healthcare Administration & Control Authority, and in the presence of the Reproductive Maternal Child Health Coordinator,Dr. Fatuma Adan, and Mr. Abraham Gebregiorgis of the World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva Office.

This two-day meeting is bringing together Experts and officials from IGAD Member States in charge of their respective National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA) whose mandate is to guarantee populations’ access to essential quality, safe, and efficacious medicines.

This 1st Experts Meeting is essentially aimed at reviewing and finalizing a draft project proposal for IGAD Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (IGAD-MRH) and establishing and IGAD Expert Committees for the Project.

Speaking on behalf of the Acting Director of the Health & Social Development Director for IGAD Executive Secretary, Dr. Fatuma noted that “the presence of unregulated Sub-standard, Falsified, and Counterfeit medicines circulating within IGAD member states” was “a serious public health threat which if not prevented and controlled, will undermine confidence in the public healthcare systems and programmes”. She highlighted that IGAD established the MRH Project with support from WHO and the World Bank despite the lack of proper funding within its Directorate.

Dr Fatuma reminded the audience that their inputs to the proposed draft project proposal were essential in view of submitting it the IGAD Heads of National Medicines Regulations Authorities (NMRAs) for ratification and approval in August 2017.

Mr. Gebregiorgis reassured the participants that “at global and regional level, WHO as the technical agency is supporting the regional economic communities medicine regulatory harmonization initiatives and in a broader level the NEPAD African Medicine Regulatory Harmonization”.

The Chair also his opening remarks before declaring the meeting officially open.
The expected meeting outcomes include:
• Draft IGAD-MRH Project Proposal;
• Draft One Year Project activities/work plan;
• Establishment of Expert Committees for IGAD-MRH project;
• Assessment meeting report and recommendations.

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