BY MARC NKWAME
Germany has through the country’s Director of KfW, the German Development Bank; Mr Wolfgang Solzbacher, signed a financing agreement of 20 million Euros with the East African Community (EAC) in support of an immunisation programme in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
EAC Secretary General Dr. Richard Sezibera.
The programme, launched in Arusha, will be implemented in collaboration with the GAVI Alliance, which is a public-private global health partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in developing countries.
EAC Secretary General, who is also Member of the GAVI Board, Dr Richard Sezibera, thanked Germany for its support in saving lives.
“This is a very important and critical programme and I am sure with such commitment, it will grow,” he stated. Dr Sezibera noted that the Germany-EAC partnership go back a long way and include, among many others, the support to construct the new headquarters for the regional body.
He disclosed that Germay-EAC collaboration has evolved, involving support to various domains, most notably the support given to child and maternal health, especially in the area of vaccines.
In his remarks, Solzbacher said that the new commitments underlines Germany’s continued stand as a strong partner of the EAC, contributing to an integration process that puts the people in the centre.
Earlier before the signing of the financing agreement, the new German Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Egon Kochanke, presented his credentials to Dr Sezibera as his country’s representative to the EAC.