Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has called on the private sector to scale up investments in the continent’s health sector to improve healthcare and help achieve universal health coverage.
The premier was speaking at the opening of inaugural Africa Health Forum of the World Health Organisation in Kigali, yesterday.
The summit gathers high-level officials, including African health ministers, UN envoys, representatives of intergovernmental agencies, academicians, civil society players, industry players, philanthropists and the private sector.
The two-day summit largely seeks to look into challenges in the African healthcare sector as well as deliberating best practices.
Murekezi said, as African countries set up strategies to improve health systems on the continent, it will be important to have all stakeholders on board, including the private sector.
“I also call upon our fellow African countries to set up strategies that will help them to implement the resolutions from this forum. I request health stakeholders on the continent and beyond to support Africa’s efforts in this regard, and to ensure that such efforts are aligned to national aspirations and priorities.”
To improve health systems, achieve universal health coverage and improve health security, Murekezi said it was important for African countries to collaborate more.
“African countries must work together and learn from each other through sharing experiences. This will certainly translate the 2063 dream of “Good Health and Well-Being” into a reality,” he said.
The theme of the Kigali Africa Health Forum is “Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa.”
“This theme is very important. It is a good opportunity to advise African countries on how to efficiently improve health security, progress toward equity and universal health coverage, and the unfinished agenda of communicable diseases,” he added.
The much-needed improvement in universal health coverage, Murekezi said, is even more realistic with the recent election of Dr Tedro Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation.
“The road to universal health coverage in Africa is also one of the priorities of Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus,” the premier noted.