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High-ranking visit from Alain Berset

Recently, Swiss Federal Councillor and health minister Alain Berset visited the Central African Republic (CAR) for discussions with the government that focused, among other topics, on health policy challenges. He also exchanged views with local FAIRMED employees.

Emmanuel Mbouem Mbeck, Bart Vander Plaetse, Alain Berset and Alphonse Um Boock in conversation (from left).

“I was very pleased that Federal Councillor Berset and the entire Swiss delegation already knew about FAIRMED,” said program manager Bart Vander Plaetse following the meeting.“ All of them already knew a great deal about our work and showed genuine interest in our projects.”

Vander Plaetse, Senior Technical Advisor Alphonse Um Boock and country coordinator for the Central African Republic (CAR) Emmanuel Mbouem Mbeck met the Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) during an exchange with various Swiss organisations working in the CAR. FAIRMED is running a number of projects in the CAR to ensure that the basic medical needs of people living in the prefecture of Lobaye are being met.

These goals are also being pursued as part of Swiss foreign policy. “In the Central African Republic, Switzerland is supporting humanitarian projects that give the population access to good health care,” says the statement from the FDHA on the trip by Alain Berset and his colleagues.

FAIRMED also met with Swiss Ambassador Pietro Lazzeri.