CAFAF, NGO partners join International Community to mark 2018 Universal Health Coverage Day
Community And Family Aid Foundation(CAFAF), and its NGO partners in Ghana have joined the international community in the celebrating the Universal Health Coverage Day 2018.
The event dubbed Universal Health Coverage: The Call for Primary Health Care And Health Financing In Ghana The Role Of Stakeholders’’ was celebrated in Ghana as advocacy activity around Universal Health Coverage Day to influence and demand support to primary health care, NCDS, and health financing in Ghana.
At the summit, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that in spite of efforts to attain universal health coverage, there are people who are still being pushed into extreme poverty because they have to pay for health services.
In a speech read on behalf of the World Health Organization country representative for Ghana, Dr. Owen Kalawu, on the World Universal Health Day Celebration Day marked in Accra, he said that 100 million people are still in poverty because of high charges at hospitals stating that 10 percent of these households use their budgets on health care.
Dr. Kalawu, however, lauded Africa stating that access to healthcare in Africa has improved citing that for the first time; more than half of all people living with HIV in Africa (14 million) have access t0 life-saving HIV treatment.
Between 2010 and 2016, new cases of malaria dropped to 20% with the risk of pneumonia and meningitis reducing to nearly two-thirds of children on the continent in 2016 because they were vaccinated, compared to only 3% in 2010.
“Though in 2012, Africa accounted for over 50% of polio cases globally but there has been an improvement on a number of fronts”. He revealed.
According to Dr. Kalamawu, like Ghana, Burundi, Liberia, Senegal, and some other countries in some regions of Africa who have demonstrated that removing user fees systematically increases utilization rates of health services, other countries in Africa should emulate.
“Rwanda’s health insurance scheme expanded access to quality health services for poor people from 7% in 2003 to 91% IN 2010, and member states should also address the persistent challenge of the inadequate health workforce,” He said.
Marking the event also, the Executive Director at CAFAF-GHANA 360 and UHC 2030 Ghana National focal point Promoter Joseph Senyo Kwashie uncovered that Ghana is a signatory to Abuja declaration where 15% national budget is expected to be allocated to address health care and other international instrument committed to making provisions to quality health care available to all. Till date much has not been done to meet the teaming health care needs of the populace.
“With the official take off SDGS in 2015 which is in its three years take off, there is much to be tackled by advocating and influencing for improved health care delivery as far as civil society collective efforts of holding decision makers accountable to provide extensive health care support is concern.”
He said Mr. Kwashie reiterated that there will be a formal set up of social media interaction space for live coverage, interviews, record of event for airing, such as the integral, radio discussion, videos, signature collection.
The UHC Ghana 2018 summit brought together the finance and health sectors together creating one of the national spaces that convenes key actors to help accelerate progress towards sustainable financing of UHC.
The forum offered a unique setting for diverse actors to challenge assumptions, learn, and work together. Participants learned from global best practices and actual country experiences of reducing inequity while improving outcomes in the health sector.
They have the opportunity to debate and discuss issues that are controversial or where the evidence is still inconclusive. Lessons, new ideas, and tools that help them push forward the UHC financing agenda in Ghana were also taught.