Africa sustainability index to accelerate Universal Health Coverage
Unless COVID-19 consequences are analysed, there could be increase in healthcare inequity, costs and inefficiency, but if harnessed, could mean better health care for all in sustainable and resilient health systems.
President and Chief Executive Office, South African Medical Research Council, Prof. Glenda Gray, disclosed this at the launch of the Africa Sustainability Index at the 2021 Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC), held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Led by a panel of 10 independent African healthcare experts, the first-of-its-kind, data-driven policy tool by the FutureProofing Healthcare initiative, the event 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 (UHC) goals and progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Countries included in the Index were Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia.
Chief Executive Officer of Amref and Africa Sustainability Index panelist, Githinji Gitahi, said sustainable healthcare was a key element on the journey towards UHC and would impact millions of lives in Africa.
He said: “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. On behalf of my fellow panel members, it is our intention that this tool will spark conversation about actions that are needed today to create more resilient, sustainable health systems in the future.
“South Africa is the highest-ranking country in the Access Vital Sign, followed at some distance by Libya, Zambia, and Tunisia.
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