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Strengthening Darfur Basic Health and Education Services is essential for peace

The European Union (EU) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint statement:

To strengthen peace and development in Sudan the EU and UNICEF proudly commence today two projects to enhance the Darfur basic services in the two areas of health and education.  The two projects amount to 3 million Euros entirely funded by the EU and will be implemented by UNICEF and partners until October 2016.

"The two projects will contribute to developing the resources of education and health in Darfur States to serve better the people of Darfur who desire for peace and stability"

The project is expected to instruct 28 midwifery trainers, 300 technical midwives, 120 nurses and 16 Health specialists to improve the health services in the states of Darfur.  In parallel, the project will sustain 2000 teachers, 80 training teachers and 450 schools headmasters that will expand the educational gain for more than 100,000 students in Darfur states.

The EU and UNICEF announced that the two projects will be implemented in coordination with the Federal Ministries of Education and Health and the local governments in Darfur to achieve the goals of the projects.

Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan said that the European Union is committed to support peace and development in Darfur but this requires sustained stability, security and access for international organizations to apply their mandates.  Ambassador Tomas added that the two projects will contribute to developing the resources of education and health in Darfur States to serve better the people of Darfur who desire for peace and stability.

On his part, UNICEF Representative in Sudan, Geert Cappelaere, said ‘UNICEF is very happy that the EU is deepening its engagement for the children of Darfur through this grant. Growing up healthy and educated is the right of every boy and girl in Darfur, and we will do our level best at UNICEF to ensure a great return on this critical investment in basic education and primary health care in Darfur. Sustained investment in developing the health and education sectors in Darfur will be essential for the years to come; it will give the children of Darfur a brighter future.

UNICEF and EU announced that the project implementation has begun.

About the EU

The European Union (EU) is composed of 28 European countries and is represented by a network of 141 EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy ensuring the representation of the EU in the areas set out in the EU Treaty of Lisbon.  EU is one of the major donors in Sudan.  The main objectives of the EU in Sudan is to strengthen relations between Sudan and EU member States through helping Sudan achieving peace, stability, prosperity, transition to democracy, good governance and enhanced regional relations and international cooperation.  For more information, visit:


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For more information contact:

Press and Communication Desk, EU Khartoum, + 249 9 900905577,

Lone Hvass, UNICEF Khartoum, + 249 969 272 680,



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