‘Sustainable healthcare key to achieving UHC’

The Chief Executive Officer of Amref Health Africa, Dr Githinji Gitahi, has said the provision of sustainable health care will help to achieve universal health coverage.

Gitahi said this during the unveiling of the FutureProofing sustainability Index report for 18 African countries to advance universal health coverage goals.

“Sustainable healthcare is a key element on the journey towards UHC and will impact millions of lives in Africa.

“The Sustainability Index is a useful tool in guiding stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem on where to focus efforts, make improvements and identify best practices from other countries,” Gitahi said.

Countries included in the Index were Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Zambia.

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The president of the African Medical Research Council, and member of the expert panel, Prof. Glenda Gray, said, “Unless we analyse the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, it has the potential to increase healthcare inequity, costs and inefficiency.

“Yet, if harnessed, it can mean better health care for all in more sustainable and resilient health systems. There are actions that every country can take to start on this journey today. We must work together immediately to rebuild better and give African people the care that they deserve.”

Led by a panel of 10 independent African health care experts, the data-driven policy tool measured the current status of health systems in 18 countries across Africa and provided valuable context as countries across the continent determine how to accelerate universal health coverage goals and progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through publicly available data, the Index examined 76 different measures split across six categories called vital signs.

These vital signs, according to the researchers were access, financing, innovation, quality, health status and wider factors of health

The Index also compared approaches between countries, identifies elements that lead to more sustainable care and promotes best practices through a future-focused analysis of real-world solutions.

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