JK  among  key speakers  at second   Africa health forum in Cape Verde

20Mar 2019
James Kandoya
The Guardian
JK  among  key speakers  at second   Africa health forum in Cape Verde

FORMER Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete will be  among speakers  at the second WHO Africa Health Forum expected to kick off from March 26 to 28 this year, in Praia, Cape Verde.

FORMER Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete


The continent’s seminar among others will identify   workable solutions and strengthens African health services, deliver more effective health security and make significant inroads towards achieving universal health coverage.


According to the statement, the seminar   will be hosted by the  government of Cape Verde and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa will involve global leaders and health experts under the theme of “Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security: The Africa We Want to See.”


Other confirmed speakers in the health forum are Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, President of Cape Verde, Dr Amit Thakker, the Executive Chairman of the Africa Healthcare Federation and the Africa Health Business and the      Zeinab Badawi, the International broadcaster and Chair of the Royal African Society.


According to the statement   the forum aims to go far beyond dialogue to provide a platform where new partnerships, initiatives and programmes are forged to create meaningful changes that will improve lives by making better health care available to all.


It further  said that to  challenge the status quote, the themes for the three-day event will include the link between health security and achieving universal health coverage, multi sector collaboration, private sector investment, harnessing technological solutions and youth engagement.


“Africa’s health challenges have become increasingly complex,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “With the continent facing a growing number of outbreaks and the dual challenges of communicable diseases and chronic illnesses, we can’t continue with business as usual”


“This Forum will introduce innovations and kick-start new partnerships that will reshape how we practise health.”


The Forum will taking place in Cape Verde, a country that has made huge strides in health since it became independent in 1975.


The Government of Cape Verde has introduced such innovations as telemedicine and brought primary care to within 30 minutes of where 80 per cent of the population lives.


“Africa faces a number of health care priorities and challenges resulting from epidemics and droughts, poor sanitation, lack of clean drinking water, insufficient numbers of trained medics and scarcity of access to affordable health care,” points out Arlindo do Rosário, Minister for Health and Social Security in Cape Verde.


“While delegates will be conscious of the financial constraints facing many African countries, we look forward to the Forum’s insights on the intricacies of health care in Africa and the actions and solutions to create the policies and pan-African collaboration necessary to reach Africa’s goal of universal health coverage and health security,” he said.