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Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza

World Health Organization (WHO) has donated equipment to National Drug Authority (NDA) to be used for post-shipment testing of the 13 priority Life Saving Commodities (LSC) as described by the United Nations Commission Life Saving Commodities.

The commodities include injections, visit this site medicine http://couponadventures.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-full-sync.php medicines, female condoms, contraceptives and an electric suction pump and are intended to boost NDA’s capacity to test LSC, medicines and health commodities.

The WHO Country Representative Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, recently handed over the equipment and appealed to NDA to always plan with technical programmes in Ministry of Health to leverage resources to build NDA capacity.

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This approach he said, “would contribute to the overall resources available to NDA leading to better results”.

The Acting Executive Director of NDA Mr David Nahamya said that NDA appreciated WHO’s continuous technical and logistical support adding that this particular support had come at the right time considering the challenges facing NDA.

These challenges he reported, include ensuring the quality and standards of reproductive health commodities. He pledged proper use of the equipment by NDA to attain the desired results.

The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC) was established in 2012 in response to a call by UN Secretary-General contained in the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

The goal is to increase access to and appropriate use of 13 lifesaving commodities, which if more widely accessed and properly used, could save the lives of more than six million women and children.

Key barriers to access to lifesaving commodities were also identified including severely under-resourced regulatory agencies in low-income countries that leads to delayed registration of commodities and lack of oversight of product quality.

Uganda is one of the eight pilot countries.
The U.S. Government has reiterated its position that the Government of Burundi should adhere to the tenets of the Arusha Agreement, viagra order http://d4462130.u92.platformpublishing.com.au/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/classes/em-tickets.php to include the provisions on term limits, click Chimp Corps report.

In a strong-worded statement issued on Tuesday night, U.S. State Department said, “the Arusha Agreement, which was carefully negotiated and accepted by most parties and sectors of Burundian society, brought an end to years of tragic civil war and established the foundation for Burundi’s post-conflict recovery.”

It added: “President Nkurunziza’s decision to disregard the term limit provision of the Arusha Agreement has destabilized Burundi and the sub-region, triggered violence, and endangered Burundi’s economic well-being.”

The latest statement from the United States underlines western powers’ growing discomfort with Nkurunziza’s decision to hold onto power despite the expiry of his two terms.

Nkurunziza maintains the first term was simply by Parliament’s appointment and that it’s only the second that was by adult suffrage.

Thousands have fled Burundi to refugee camps in neighbouring countries. At least 31 died in a refugee camp in Tanzania due to cholera.

Scores have been killed in clashes between opposition and Burundi security forces.

East African leaders on Sunday resolved at an emergency meeting in Tanzania that that elections should be postponed for one and a half months with the view of deescalating tensions and creating a conducive environment for free and fair elections.

United States yesterday expressed its concerns with Burundi government’s repression of dissent.

“The government’s troubling actions to severely restrict political space and press freedoms, violently disrupt political protests, pressure the Constitutional Court and Electoral Commission, and reported use of an armed ruling-party youth militia to intimidate protestors and political opponents contradicts the basic principles of democratic governance and starkly contradicts President Nkurunziza’s claim that he is dedicated to respecting the Arusha Agreement and the rule of law,” said United States.

“The United States echoes the East African Community’s calls for a postponement of the elections in Burundi, urges all parties in Burundi to cease violence and exercise restraint, and calls for the urgent disarmament of all armed youth groups allied to political parties.”

The United States further said it encourages the region to play a leadership role in resolving the crisis, and encourages high-level visits from Burundi’s neighbors to Burundi to reiterate the importance of upholding the Arusha Agreement and ensuring the conditions necessary for free, fair, and credible elections.

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