Praia, Cabo Verde, March 28, 2019 – The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Second African Health Forum today culminated with a roadmap that governments in the region as well as partners are expected to implement urgently working to manage and mitigate Africa’s health needs.
Hosted by the Government of the Republic of Cabo Verde and WHO and seeking new ideas and challenging questions under the theme “Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security: The Africa We Want to See”, the Forum stressed the central role of good health in the sustainable development of the continent.
Participants ranging from senior government officials to youth representatives and United Nations officials to representatives of the private sector gathered over the three days to explore how to take universal health care and health security to the next level.
In his closing speech, HE José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cape Verde, declared: “In several countries of the world, especially in Africa, universal health coverage and health security are challenges to raise. With a strong political and civic conscience, committed leaders, good partnerships for development, favorable conditions for investment and private activity in the health sector, and better regulation, we will overcome these challenges.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, stressed the need for an African perspective on universal health coverage: “We need to recognize the specific needs of the region and prioritize innovative approaches to service delivery. that will have long-term impact and our common goal of quality health care for everyone, everywhere.
As part of the closing ceremony, the Cape Verdean Minister of Health and Social Security, HE Dr Arlindo Nascimento do Rosário, unveiled a list of recommendations which forcefully express the next steps that the Member States in particular but also NGOs, development partners and private sector actors should take up. committed to providing the health systems Africa needs and deserves.
To take universal health coverage to the next level, the recommendations call for faster action in building stronger and more resilient national health systems, prioritizing primary health care, ensuring that groups vulnerable to be reached, strengthening public-private partnerships and greater, more efficient investment.
Better preparedness and prevention for epidemics and other public health emergencies as well as preparedness for detection and response when they occur and preparedness for the impact of natural disasters have formed the core of the recommendations for health security. The full implementation of the International Health Regulations, which covers the capacity standards of all countries in the prevention and response to acute public health risks, must be accelerated and cross-border collaborations strengthened.
Public-private partnerships are essential to improve both universal health coverage and health security. In addition to the financial and technical support possible through such a partnership, the recommendations underscored the essential role of the private sector in harnessing and scaling up innovations for the delivery of universal health care.
WHO will work with governments, civil society and other partners to monitor the region’s progress towards universal health care and improved health security.
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