WHO is com­mit­ted to univer­sal health cov­er­age for all Africans

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KIGALI: Stake­hold­ers at the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s (WHO) in­au­gu­ral Africa Health Fo­rum have com­mit­ted to work to­gether to­wards univer­sal health cov­er­age for all Africans, a key aim of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

WHO re­gional di­rec­tor for Africa, Mat­shidiso Moeti, said that the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment called for Africa to re­po­si­tion its health­care ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“We recog­nise that the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to re­po­si­tion pri­mary pre­ven­tion in health ser­vice de­liv­ery and also pro­vides an ideal plat­form for catalysing in­ter-sec­toral en­gage­ment and ac­tion,” Moeti said.

“It also calls for stronger col­lab­o­ra­tion and en­gage­ment among all stake­hold­ers be­hind the goal of achiev­ing univer­sal health­care, while leav­ing no one be­hind.”

The two-day WHO in­au­gu­ral Africa Health Fo­rum, held to de­velop a health vi­sion for Africa, con­cluded on Wed­nes­day at the Kigali Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Rwanda.

More than 700 del­e­gates from a wide range of back­grounds, in­clud­ing aca­demics, min­is­ters of health, in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies, civil so­ci­ety, phil­an­thropic foun­da­tions, pri­vate sec­tor, and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions at­tended the event.

It was or­gan­ised by the WHO un­der the theme: “Putting peo­ple first: The Road to Univer­sal Health Cov­er­age in Africa.” – ANA

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