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The Road Universal Health Coverage in Africa: Sharing the driver’s seat with the Private Sector
Resilient Africa Week
June 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm UTC+1
Resilient Africa Week 2020
The Resilient Africa Week is a week-long virtual gathering whereby stakeholders in private and public sector from a variety of industries and disciplines across Africa and Overseas, come together for solution-focused discussion and debate on Africa’s resilience in face of Challenges.
RAW 2020 event brings together some of the best African speakers and industry thought leaders who will share their best advice, lessons learned and strategies in spotting African opportunities during a Crisis. The virtual event would be based on “focused panel session implementation-style” where each panel session is a mini-event. Learn more about other panel session CLICK HERE
Background of Panel Session
Key Discussion Area
The current priority for governments given the COVID-19 virus outbreak, requires supportive health financing policies. The impact of both natural and man-made disasters is exacerbated by weak health systems, and covid-19 has overwhelmed the health systems of affected countries, including some of the world’s wealthiest nations. It has put the spotlight on inadequate health security and preparedness especially in Primary Healthcare Coverage in Africa
The pandemic is burning out national health systems in many African countries that have strived to provide UHC, hampering their pathways and ambitions to achieve the ethos of universal health coverage which is “to leave no one behind.” Most African countries have integrated UHC as a goal in their national health strategies yet progress in translating these commitments into reality has been slow.
It is argued that health systems built on a strong foundation of primary care delivery are more resilient, efficient, and equitable; they can respond to epidemics and pandemics in a more robust way. Primary care and it is critical to delivering the benefits of universal health coverage (UHC). Despite these advantages, PHC is often the weakest link in health systems. Primary care in developing countries in Africa have experienced rapid expansion of private primary health care ownership and for-profit care delivery. Those promoting the trend claim that private providers would bring better and more flexible access, higher quality, and greater responsiveness to patient needs than the public sector. There are new models of technology enabled PHC, new PHC models that integrate health financing and delivery, and innovative approaches for reaching remote populations at an affordable cost.
The panel session is intended to stimulate action by demonstrating that progress toward the use of Private Primary Healthcare Models (to support Governments failing role) and achieving UHC is not only possible, it is also essential.
- Introduction and brief overview of the Road to UHC in Africa: Historical view of public financing models
- Discuss the challenges and lessons learnt from the demand-pull factors: User access (funding) acceptance (perception) and availability (provision models: number and distribution of facilities, types of healthcare delivery models) within the PHC health care delivery,
- Discuss the challenges of supply-pull factors : Sustainably Improving quality and making attractive of PHC services, Pricing appropriately,
- Does the Private Sector have a role to play in the PHC system in the road to UHC? Why are we resorting to this source of funding and turning away from the public sector?
- Solutions and recommendations
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