A care center for women and girls who were victims of gender-based violence in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which is co-financed by EU member states, was visited by the Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakidou, as part of a visit to the country with a delegation of European officials, according to a Commission announcement.
Ms Kyriakidou spoke with the women and girls living in the center and heard their stories and daily life, it is reported.
The delegation of “Team Europe” (EU member states, institutions and financial institutions for the promotion of development) also includes the Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium, Caroline Guenes, and high-ranking officials from nine Member States.
The group of officials also met with scientists from the Tikur Anbessa specialized hospital and discussed with students of the country's University, while visiting an oncology unit and the Department of Mental Health Care.
The Commissioner also participated in a signing ceremony of cooperation agreements between the Africa Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), aimed at strengthening efforts for a pan-African health security architecture.
The agreements aim to intensify surveillance and strengthen capacities to detect and respond to outbreaks.
“Global health is now a key pillar of our foreign policy, with with the aim of providing better health services for millions of people, putting the Sustainable Development Goals back on track and strengthening health security in Africa, Europe and around the world”, said Ms. Kyriakidou.
“The Global Gateway strategy will be our investment arm to make this goal a reality. Our partnership is already strengthening equity in medical countermeasures, as well as the ability of our African partners to anticipate and prepare for health threats, building on the solidarity demonstrated during the pandemic,” he added.