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Investing in Health: Key to Inclusive, Sustainable, and Equitable Growth in Africa by Agnes Soucat, Director, Human Development Department, AfDB

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"Dr. Agnes Soucat presented on behalf of the Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) Mechanism at the High-Level Dialogue Between Ministers of Finance and Health on value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health sector on 4-5 July in Tunis, organized by the AfDB and HHA."

Using illustrative data, dr. Soucat introduced the conference to the picture of health and health financing in Africa, particularly in the context of inequality in growth, demographic shifts and voice and accountability on the continent. She also stressed the importance of value for money, accountability, efficiency and sustainability in health spending in the context of more domestic spending and a declining ODA.

The conference gathered over 50 Ministers of Finance and Health and/or their representatives from 33 African countries, parliamentarians as well as over 400 participants from the public and private sectors, academia, civil society and media globally. 

The conference emphasized the urgent need for greater domestic accountability, reduced dependence on foreign aid and the role of Parliamentarians as well as using e-health in achieving greater value money in the delivery of health services in Africa. It also stressed the need to tackle the critical shortages, maldistribution and inadequate performance of health workers in Africa.


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