Africa Adopts 6 Major Health Frameworks

The World Health Organisation’s 67th Regional Committee meeting recently took place in Victoria Falls and African Health Ministers were in attendance. Six frameworks aimed at addressing six major health challenges affecting the Continent’s health sector were adopted amid the calls to increase and mobilize funding to initiate them. The six frameworks deal with;

  1. Universal health coverage
  2. Healthcare human resources
  3. Management of environment determinants of health
  4. Sexually transmitted infections
  5. Non-Communicable diseases
  6. Yellow Fever

WHO’s Regional Director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, stated that she noticed a very high level of analysis, awareness of the critical challenges Africa faces and determination to find home grown solutions amongst the Health Ministers. She commented on the importance of reliable data collecting systems across African Countries saying “We learn here that financing for health is very important but at the same time we have to make sure that we have good data systems that are functioning so that the country can know how it is progressing in providing essential health care.”

Dr. Moeti also urged Health ministers to liaise with other sectors and stated that WHO was looking forward to working with all African member states towards implementing decisions taken during the meeting.

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