By Staff Reporter
October 7, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The first African Health Business Symposium has begun today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The African Union Social Affairs Commission and Representatives of 51 African countries were presented at the opening of the symposium.
Organized by African Health care Federation and Ethiopian Health Ministry, the symposium aims to bring together both public and private sectors to improve the level of health care in African countries
According to the mission of symposium, it is essential that the public and private health sectors joins hand.
In an opening remark, African Union Social Affairs Commissioner Amira El Fadil has given emphasis on the need to collaborate with various stakeholders in order to plant good healthcare system across Africa.
The Social Affair Commissioner said African Union as a continental body is striving to attain important healthcare goals.
In regard to full implementation of health care programs, the commissioner has addressed about the lack of strong capacity to cover every part of the continent to provide health care.
‘Health care delivery in African countries is at a good level however there are problems that need to be addressed,’ Social Affairs Commissioner Amira El Fadil noted.
‘The cooperation between government bodies and the private sector would be the core recommendation for implementation of the health care programs. The government and private sector should build confidence and cooperation in order to provide citizens with better health coverage and services,’ she added.
According to the commissioner, addressing systemic health challenges is not something that a single company can do alone. Creating lasting impact requires collaboration among a range of stakeholders committed to developing the right tools to promote accountability and coordination, sharing risks and expertise and disseminating learning.
Both the African Healthcare Federation and Ethiopian Health Ministry believe the private sector should work together with African leaders and in cooperation with global businesses, philanthropists and development institutions to establish strong healthcare system. According to the representatives from the federation, the coalition will unlock synergies to help companies and their leadership contribute more directly to meeting national and regional health goals in the context of Africa Agenda 2063 and ultimately improving the standard of living, quality of life, and the overall health and well-being of all Africans.
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