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Health: AU Commission inaugurates Kenya Red Cross

Kenya Red Cross Hospital - The African Union (AU) Commission has formally inaugurated the Kenya Red Cross Hospital in Daadab Camp to provide services to the Daadab refugee population and the host community.

AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Aisha Abdullahi inaugurated the hospital Tuesday on behalf of Commission President Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The facility, which has an operating theatre, was co-financed by the AU Commission and the German Red Cross, as well as other partners such as Rotary International, the Commission said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday.

Funds from the Commission were raised through the 2011 African Union Pledging Conference for the Horn of Africa.

The Commissioner said the hospital and the efforts of the Kenyan Red Cross that went into making it a reality represented a success story.

'It highlights what is possible when we all join forces - us the African Union Commission based in Addis Ababa and organisations with roots in communities and member countries,' she said. 

The inauguration was attended by refugee leadership, county officials, the Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross, Africa head for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Chair of the PRC Sub-Committee on Refugees, IDPs, and Returnees, and representatives of UN agencies.

Pana 13/02/2014