Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has called on African countries to join hands in ensuring health equity and universal health coverage (UHC) to improve the lives of their citizens.
He made the call on Monday while opening the first World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa Forum taking place in Kigali.
Themed ‘Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa,’ the forum will discuss innovative strategies on persistent challenges in public health on the African continent, and promote country ownership and governance for health.
Murekezi pointed out that the forum is in line with the implementation of the third of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which concerns ‘Good Health and Well-being,’ and called on countries to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing at all ages. SDG 3 also matches the African Union’s Agenda 2063 ‘The Africa We Want’, which targets healthy lives for all Africans.
“Rwanda set up innovative solutions such as Ubudehe, a home-grown system that assigns health support to our people according to their socio-economic status. Our country is now advancing towards universal health coverage,” he said.
The Prime Minister recalled that Rwanda achieved the Millennium Development Goals regarding health and gained global recognition for its multiple achievements.
The two-day forum brings together senior government officials, finance and health ministers, representatives from UN agencies, academicians, civil society organisations, philanthropic foundations, private sector and the youth.