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 Chiefs/Directors of Health Services of Partner States' Armed Forces conclude meeting in Arusha

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 22nd February, 2019: The Meeting of the Chiefs/Directors of Health Services of the EAC Partner States’ Armed Forces concluded on Thursday 21st February 2019 at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The meeting was convened in accordance with Article 2 of the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs and pursuant to the EAC Defence Sector Calendar of Activities for the period January - June 2019.

Heads of Delegation are as follows:-

Maj (Dr) Desire Harumukiza lead the Burundi delegation, while Brig. GK Ng’ang’a was Kenya’s Head of Delegation. Rwanda was led by Col (Dr) Chryso Kagimbana, South Sudan by Maj Gen (Dr) Peter Ajak Bulen , United Republic of Tanzania by Maj Gen (Dr)  Janga, and Uganda was by Maj Gen (Dr) Ambrose Musinguzi.

The meeting discussed and shared information on health matters and reviewed the status of implementation of previous decisions of the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence in regard to the health sector.

Notes to Editors

After realizing the serious risk posed by HIV/AIDS and other health threats to the EAC Partner States’ Armed Forces, the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence directed that the Armed Forces initiate co-operation in Health/Medical matters.

In that regard, an operational forum for the Chiefs and Directors of the Health Services of the EAC Partner States’ Armed Forces was established to draw strategies and measures to mitigate health threats to the EAC Partner States’ Armed Forces.

At its 29th Meeting held on 26th October 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania, the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence made several Decision, among them were:- 

(i) EAC Secretariat was directed to constitute a Defence Expert Working Group (DEWG) to study the offer, carry out assessment and evaluate the Medical Modelling and Simulation Centre in the Republic of Rwanda and come up with modalities for sharing the facility;

(ii) The Republic of Rwanda was urged to offer the Radiotherapy Centre at Rwanda Military Hospital for joint utilization; and

(iii) Rotational meetings of the Chiefs/Directors of Medical Services of the EAC Partner States are maintained.



For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

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