The LANCET commission yesterday ( 14th September,2017) launched a report titled, “The path to longer and healthier lives for all Africans by 2030” at the Africa Population Health Research Centre (APHRC) Campus Nairobi.
The event was well attended and high level speakers included: Richard Horton, Editor-in-chief of The Lancet; Dr. Myriam Sidibe, Hygiene and Nutrition Social Mission Director – Africa, Unilever; Alex Ezeh, Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center; Nelson Sewankambo, Principle of the Medical School at Makerere University, Uganda; Nduku Kilonzo, Chief Executive Officer ( CEO), National Aids Control Council ( NACC), Kenya; and Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Professor of Global Health.
The report looks at the challenges and opportunities for health in sub-Saharan Africa and also puts forward recommendations and way forward to deal with these challenges.
“Africa as a continent can be proud of many successes – longer life expectancy, falls in maternal and child mortality, successful roll-out of life-saving vaccines, greater control of HIV and malaria epidemics, and the near eradication of polio and guinea worm. But the challenges are steep and well known: fragility, conflict, corruption, urban slums, rural exclusion, rapid disease transitions, brain drain, weak leadership, and environmental degradation”.
“The lancet commission has nine key messages and 43 recommendations, ranging from creation of people-centered health systems (focused on respect, dignity and compassion rather than abstract “building blocks”) to promoting stronger and more effective regional cooperation”. The Lancet Report.
Key messages derived from the report:
The Goal of German Development Cooperation in the health sector programme is to improve access to high- quality basic health care services, particularly for poorer population groups and members of the informal sector and their families.
Our results: Improved instrumental and organizational processes for financial protection, IT-based quality and process management is used and Management and Governance of Health Sector and County level is strengthened.
Photo credit: Lancet Commission
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