Medical and Health

Unlocking possibilities in Africa’s Health Care Sector begins with leadership that is committed and responsible. Talents are there – But institutional framework, policies and standards of practice are needed to create the next generation of leaders in Health Care.

Diseases and ailments prevalent in Africa can significantly be minimized or even eradicated by the establishment, execution and delivery of a comprehensive Health Care reform emphasising quality, equity and access. These diseases include Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria, Diarrohoeal diseases, malnutrition, immunizable diseases and maternal/infant mortalities.

The very basic steps towards forging improved health care in Africa begins with;

I. Policy makers acknowledging the need and strongly pursuing health policies that poisitively impact their consittuents and calling for revision of existing policies to match today’s complex and changing health care.

II. Leaders in health profession, professional associations, health boards and health care companies to take a leading role in initiatives that increase access, quality and equity. On the same note, they must be able to establish a health advisory council independent from government that works collaboratively with policy makers. This council will create a health reform blueprints with support and input from both public and private health care sectors. The council along and sponsoring policy makers will ensure that such policies are passed, implements and delivered.

III. Human Right organizations must recognize equity, access and quality of health care is a basic human right and they must take initiatives that will harness just distribution, fair and favorable policies and practically implementable processes.

IV. Humanitarian Organizations involved in health care, WHO (World Health Org.) and UN (United Nations) to continue supporting locally made policies and initiatives that are practical to the social realities of the people.

The private sector already plays a significant role. A poor woman in Africa today is as likely to take her sick child to a private hospital or clinic as to a public facility. The private sector is sometimes the only option for health care in rural regions and poor urban slums. Private providers (for-profit and not-for-profit) serve all income levels and have broad geographic reach. African health expenditure will keep growing rapidly, with the private sector playing a key role.

The private sector must work with the public sector to develop viable, sustainable, and equitable health care systems. But it can help expand access to services for the poorest people and reduce the financial burden on governments.

Impediments to the health sector today include limited access to capital, burdensome regulations, shortages of skilled workers, and a lack of risk-pooling mechanisms that can mobilize revenue for providers

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