GBCHealth, Aliko Dangote Foundation and the UN Economic Commission for Africa Jointly Held the inaugural Africa Business: Health Forum on the margins of the 32nd African Union Summit. The African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth) was also launched during the Forum.
The event brought together leaders from government and business with a strong appeal for greater collaboration between the private and public sector in health outcomes, and garnered support from African leaders Including the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed; the President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi; and the President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh as well as many other business leaders who atttended the event.
The Forum saw the launch of the African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth), a private sector led coalition of companies and philanthropists Who will come together to Positively transform health care for Africans growing population. Business and public sector leaders at the forum have lauded this initiative Timely game-changing to Improve the health sector in
A vision of GBCHealth and the Aliko Dangote Foundation, ABCHealth will mobilize private sector champions committed to Advancing health outcomes across Africa. Beyond the “usual suspects”, has reference used by Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede to Qualify current health champions will ABCHealth undertakes new crop of African business leaders in the drive to change the reality of the average African as far as health is Concerned.
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, co-founder of ABCHealth, and co-chair, GBCHealth Said, “Only partnerships will help solve the health challenges the continent faces. Healthcare in Africa is constrained by scarce public funding and limited donor support; out-of-pocket expenditure accounts for 36% of Africa’s total healthcare Spend. Given our income levels, it is no surprise That Spend healthcare in Africa is grossly inadequate to meet Africa’s needs leading to a financing gap of $ 66bn per annum. ”
The private sector remains underinvested year stakeholder in the war to fix Africa’s health problems and this is why ABCHealth AIMS to bring the right parts to the table, and Provide
a focus for well-meaning Individuals or companies Who are committed to the health agenda, THUS minimising mistakes in approach, “Aig-Imoukhuede added.
In His keynote remarks, Aliko Dangote, Chairman of Aliko Dangote Foundation, Said the Africa Business: Health Forum Would Identify issues and solutions to Africa’s health challenges with a view to Mobilizing the will to confront it head-on. The Foundation’s Executive Director, Halima Aliko Dangote,, Delivered His remarks.
Dangote Stated, “From Both Governments Developed and developing countries are increasingly looking at public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a way to expand access to health services by leveraging higherquality capital, managerial capacity, and know-how from the private sector.”
“With the launch of ABCHealth, business leaders can now make Commitments and contribuer directly to a healthy and prosperous Africa, enabled by cooperation and business partnerships. Not only will this be a social good, but there is a profit potential, and we will drive real, sustainable actions across Africa, “Dangote added.
On her part, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and co-convener of the forum, Vera Songwe Said, “A healthy Africa is Africa’s productive; a productive Africa is a prosperous Africa. Health spending remains Largely inadequate to meet the growing healthcare needs and Africa: has a financing gap in this regard of at least $ 66 trillion per annum “. Citing Findings from the ‘Economic Growth in Africa’ report lancé During the Forum, Songwe added, “Only two countries (Algeria and Namibia) Spend more than 5% of GDP is health, and out-of-pocket payments are still extremely high. The postponement shows us just how much economic impact can be made from investing in health. ”
Government Representatives, business leaders and other key private and public sector stakeholders aussi Restated strong Facilitating Commitments to quality healthcare, for all
Speaking at the opening, Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed Said; “We need to make the health sector our priority. We must capitalize on private-public partnership in healthcare and Modalities Recognize That It requires a great deal of inter-dependence entre gouvernements and the private sector “.
In Support of the objective of the Forum, the President of Botswana Said That Mobilizing expertise, financial resources and innovations would go a long way Towards Improving Africa’s healthcare. Reviews This was reaffirmed by the President of Djibouti Who Said; “No country can accomplish achieve economic development without a PHYSICALLY, mentally and socially fit population,” hence Reaffirming That health is a major economic driver.
In His remarks in what will be one de son last public appearances as Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe aussi Said, “Achieving our health goals is not a matter of political will, it is a matter of political choice – we want to hear ‘ I will do the right thing and put my money here, in health. ”
Didier Drogba, the legendary footballer, Who through His foundation Facilitates health and education access for vulnerable populations HAD inspiring words at the Forum. “Scoring The Many goals at the Champions’ League final can not be helping Compared To That One child get a better opportunity at life.”
The Forum aussi HAD three parallel sessions on Public-private partnerships, Domestic mobilization of funds for health and Transforming health landscape – health research and innovation.
Co-founder of ABCHealth, Aig-Imoukhuede closed the week with an impassioned call to action. “Africans must play Their role in this fight to Ensure That health outcomes are as fair in this portion of the world as They Are elsewhere. Africans-have no choice, there is no alternative, and we must Ensure That We fix health in Africa. “He Asked public and private sector leaders to make Known Their Commitments, and to join in ABCHEalth making history for the good of Africa. He aussi Thanked the co-sponsors of the forum Zenith Bank and Access Bank for Their Support.