Supported by GHD/EMPHNET, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) held a stakeholders meeting with the aim of exploring the various components of the National Immunization Barriers’ Mitigation Strategy. Taking place on August 6, 2019, in Khartoum, the meeting served to incorporate input from the FMoH line directorates and international partners into the strategy’s finalized format.
Participants were from the following FMoH directorates and units: Primary Health Care, Expanded Program on Immunization, Child Health, Health Promotion, International Health, Planning, Emergency Humanitarian Action, Reproductive Health, Integrated Management of Childhood Illness, and Emergency Humanitarian Action. UN agencies of WHO, UNICEF, and UNFPA also participated in the meeting, alongside the GAVI Alliance, the Sudan Specialization Council, the Hikma University, and the Sudan Pediatric Association.
Following an extensive discussion on the strategy in question, these participants concluded the meeting with important recommendations. One is replicating studying for the immunization barriers in other states to accommodate diverse demographic, socio-cultural and geographic determinants. Others pertained to incorporating communication aspects into the strategy; empowering partners at all levels with all necessary information on immunization issues; and allocating FMoH resources and acquiring partners to address the institutional aspects of the barriers.
GHD/EMPHNET’s involvement in this meeting allows the organization to contribute to enhanced coordination among national and international partners in Sudan towards improved immunization services across the country.