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14 March 2019, ADDIA ABABA, Ethiopia: A delegation led by Prof. Melaku Game-Clinical Oncologist and Dr. Girum Hailu Maheteme, Senior Advisor to the Health and Social Development Division of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Regional Focal Person for the IGAD Cancer Initiative, accompanied by the members of the mission Dr. Mebratu Madebo-Nuclear Physicist, and Eng. Zeleke Belay, Senior Architect,  was received by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Sahle Work Zewde on 11 March.

The delegation was visiting the office of the Ethiopian President to Seek Leadership support and assistance for the advancement of the Cancer Initiative and to establishing the IGAD Regional Cancer Centre of Excellence that works for the region and beyond.

The delegation members gave the President an overview of IGAD Health and Social Development activities and achievements, with focus on IGAD Cancer Initiative and the progress made so far towards the establishment of a Regional Cancer Centre of Excellence (RCCE). The delegation kindly requested the President to be the Lead Patron for the establishment of the said IGAD RCCE in sensitising IGAD Member States and partners to the fight against cancer and mobilising the diplomatic, International and donor community for support.

 President Sahle-Work Zewde is of the opinion that health should be “a major priority in Africa and in our region for development”. She added that the Cancer Initiative is a good start and must be supported. The President also noted that the resources needed for such an endeavour is huge that indicates the need to have systematic and comprehensive resource mobilisation strategy, primarily from Member states, the African Union Commission, and the members of IGAD Partners Forum.





14-02-2019, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA: The Director of Health & Social Development Division of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ms Fathia Alwan, today opened a Regional Seminar for Judges aimed at promoting regional cooperation and coordination on the protection of vulnerable migrants along with the Head of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia, and a representative from the Embassy of Germany to Ethiopia.

Participants from IGAD Member States plus Egypt and Tunisia, including judges and other criminal justice practitioners, representatives from CSOs, academia, and government are participating in this two-day Seminar.

At this Seminar, judges will have the opportunity to discuss challenges and best-practices pertinent to migration-related cases, involving issues such as human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, while focusing specifically on the judiciary’s role.

During her opening remarks Ms Fathia Alwan noted that the United Nations Global Compact for Migration “acknowledges the critical role of the judiciary in protecting the human rights of migrants and prosecuting the perpetrators of Smuggling and Trafficking in Human beings”.

She recalled that in 2015, “IGAD convened a Regional Consultative Process meeting on Trafficking in Persons and Migrants Smuggling”, and that “one of the major findings from the meeting was that in most instances, vulnerable migrants and victims of trafficking and smuggling are more likely to end up in administrative detention, and in some instances, they are prosecuted due to absence of clear policies on victim assistance and witness protection”.

Ms Fathia Alwan concluded by calling on the participants “to strive to reduce the risks and vulnerabilities migrants face at different stages of migration by respecting, protecting and fulfilling their human rights and providing them with care and assistance”.

The Seminar is supported by the European Union and the German Cooperation. The objective of the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme is to improve the migration management in the Eastern African region in response to the needs identified by the countries of the Khartoum Process.



Dec. 06, 2018, DJIBOUTI (Djibouti): Ethiopia Federal Minister of Education, H.E. Dr. Tilaye Getie, today presided over the “Second Conference of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers in charge of Education/Higher Education on the Implementation of the Djibouti Declaration on Education for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities” in Addis Ababa.

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14-11-2018, Djibouti-Ville, Djibouti: IGAD under Health and social division has started implementing the Global Fund TB/HIV program in more than 50 refugee camps/settlement areas in the region since January 2017. One of the main component of this grant is strengthening and building the capacity of Health care providers through the provision of training prevention, early diagnosis and treatment and care of Tuberculosis and HIV infections.

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