Voices From The Field
South Sudan: inauguration of the operation room of the Rumbek Hospital

The Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia and South Sudan, Giuliano Fragnito, and Giovanna Ferrari of the Italian Development Cooperation visited, in the first week of November, Italian funded projects in South Sudan with the valuable support of the two experts in Juba, Ettore Gobbato and Dario Mariani. The purpose of the mission was to inaugurate the operation room of the State Hospital of Rumbek, funded by the Italian Cooperation as part of the project: \"Support for the hospital sector: Rumbek Hospital and the hospital of the Yirol County, Lakes State). The ceremony, followed also by the local media, was attended by the South Sudanese Minister of Health Riek Gok, the Governor of the State, several other ministers, and by the Director of UNOPS and the Italian NGO CUAMM.
The South Sudanese authorities have expressed their appreciation for the Italian funded project that will bring meaningful improvements in health care system which will benefit the community of Rumbek and those of surrounding areas.
The Deputy Head of Mission Giuliano Fragnito had also a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Education Bol Makueng Yuol to evaluate the possibility of opening a university scholarship program in Italy for south Sudanese students, and had a meeting with the Secretary of State Akec Khoc for an exchange of views on the progress of the ongoing peace process.
Our staff, Giovanna Ferrari and Dario Gobbato, after a brief meeting with the Italian NGOs operating in South Sudan, have also visited the refugee camp of Way Station, in which through an Emergency Program of the Italian Development Cooperation, the NGO OVCI offers basic health services including those related to nutrition, immunization, testing services and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. The Italian NGO works also in the field of the registration of refugees, whose number has significantly increased from last July due to the political instability in South Sudan.
Our work is becoming increasingly important for the tens of thousands of people that every day live in unstable conditions.


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