The Deputy Ranking member on the Health Committee of Parliament, Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, has been invited as a Speaker by Amref Health Africa for the 2019 Africa Health Agenda International Confernce to be held on 5-7 March, 2019 at Kigali, Rwanda.
In an invitation letter dated Monday October 29, 2018, Dr Kuganab-Lem, who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Binduri in the Upper East Region, will be speaking on financing mechansisms to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa along side global leaders and influencers particularly the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda the Hon. Dr Ndajijimana Uzziel and the Executive Director of the Global Fund, Mr Peter Sands.
“We are writing to you regarding the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) 2019, organised by Amref Health Africa and Rwanda ‘s Ministry of Health, scheduled to take place at the Kigali Convention Centre from 5-7 March 2019. The theme of th 2019 conference is, 2030 Now, Multi-sectoral Action to Achieve Universal Health Coverage in Africa. The event will convene influential global health leaders to engage in a substantive conversation on the path forward to achieving Universal Health Coverage ( UHC) in Africa by 2030,” the letter read.
The letter further pointed that, the Binduri lawmaker, invitation was drawn to his commitment to see Ghana prioritise universal health coverage beyond the curent 44% health coverage, as a health professional and legislator. Dr Kuganab-Lem will be accompanied by some members on the Health Committee from Ghana’s parliament.
Hon Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, MP
The Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) is a biennial conference convened by Amref Health Africa, the largest international health development NGO in Africa.
The 2019, Conference will be preceded by a Youth Pre-conference on 3-4 March 2019, which is being co-hosted by Amref Health Africa and Rwanda’s Ministry of Health.
The Conference will also bring together diverse stakeholders to address how Africa can accelerate progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – and to collectively chart a course forward, from commitment to action.
It has proven over the last few years to be the largest African-led health convening on the continent with over 1,500 participants expected. World Health leaders will join youth, researchers, civil society and community leaders, as well as trailblazers and innovators making an impact and inspiring change across the continent, to discuss the most important health challenges and advancements in Africa and co-create home-grown solutions.
Africa is at a critical moment in the pursuit of UHC. Most countries recognise the importance of “health for all,” both as a means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and because it is the right thing to do. In addition, political will for UHC is at all time high boyed by the Astana declaration of 2018 which re-echoed the critical role of PHC to achieve UHC.
It is noted that countries across the continent are still struggling to drive down maternal and child mortality, malaria and malnutrition while addressing the rising burden of non-communicable diseases. In addition, Africa accounts for 24% of the global burden of disease and has only 3% of the global health workforce. It is equally worrying that about 11 million Africans are pushed into poverty and remain poor every year due to health care costs.
The conference will serve as the go-to forum for African leaders to map out how new research, innovation and political commitment will help drive Africa’s UHC progress over the next decade.
Source: the republic responsible.com/Felix Nyaaba