Health in Post-Conflict Sudan
On October 1-2, senior health delegations from the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) participated in a CSIS conference on "Health in Post-Conflict Sudan: Building Capacity to Fight Infectious Diseases: HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria." The delegations exchanged detailed analyses of current health data, policies, and programs, future visions of building health capacities, and requirements for future external support. They acknowledged the history of cross-line health activities, significant enduring disparities in services and human resources in different regions of Sudan, and the imperative to bring improved health services to Sudan's communities to consolidate a future peace. Also in attendance were senior representatives from the World Health Organization, UNDP, the U.S. Department of State, the Carter Center, USAID, UNICEF, the World Bank and the UK Department for International Development. At the conclusion of the conference the two delegations jointly requested that WHO and CSIS together begin preparations for a major international conference on Sudan's health sector, to be held shortly after the signing of a comprehensive peace accord.