Addis Ababa, 14th June 2014. The IGAD Secretariat today launched the first ever scientific conference on health with particular emphasis on pastoralists and cross-border mobile populations in the region. The Conference will be convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 3rd to 6th December 2014. The launching ceremony was attended by representatives of IGAD Member States, the IGAD Secretariat, African Federation of Public Health Associations, other partners/stakeholders and the Media.
Speaking on behalf of H. E. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IAGD, Ms Fathia Alwan, Program Manager for Health and Development, stated that the Conference will provide a platform for building strong partnership, enhanced advocacy, evidence-based decision-making and mobilization of enhanced political will and resources. Ms Fathia thanked the Government of the Ethiopia for offering to host this International Conference. She also indicated that since the Conference is expected to take place every two years, on rotational basis, other member states would have the opportunity to host this even in due course of time. Finally, Ms Fathia called upon all IGAD Member States, international development partners, the scientific community and other stakeholders to actively participate in the Conference and contribute to its success.