Medical Practitioners from 38 countries worldwide recently gathered in Nairobi to discuss the progress of primary health since the eruption of COVID 19 pandemic.
The meeting has brought together 123 members from Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN), Ministry of Health Kenya (MOH), Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) and other partners on the 8th biennial Forum 2022, at the KCB Leadership Center in Karen, Nairobi.
Speaking during the launch of the forum Executive director Richard Neci Cizungu said that the theme about Future of Health Care in the Global South with a Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
It expounds on Primary Health as a whole-society approach and aims to attain the highest possible level and distribution of health and well-being by providing an accessible and wide range of services.
” Many countries have a shortage of healthcare workers trained to deliver safe, effective, and people-centered care for everyone. Health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, worsen the situation as services are disrupted and health workers are redeployed. Strengthening primary health care means making services available closer to communities, acting to reduce the cost people face to access services, or providing more trained health workers.”Richard Neci
This forum comes at a time when talks of how African countries are prepared to contain the first growing endemic of Ebola where stakeholders maintain that expansion of innovation and digital technology can be used by some countries to bring primary healthcare services closer.
Chief Administrative secretary at the ministry of health Dr Rashid Aman says that for better health care and ensuring great achievements on Universal Health Care (UHC) all it requires is investment on health systems particularly primary health care services, to achieve better health outcomes.
According to the stakeholders the forum is aimed at unpacking pharmaceutical challenges from the local manufacturer to supply and procurement chains with the aim of equipping members with expert information.
The event is also a call to members and stakeholders to participate and exchange experiences, challenges and threats in delivering pharmaceutical care and services with the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda at organizational levels.
“As I officially launch this great forum am glad that it will create room to learn on the most impactful policy and strengthen pharmaceutical systems, especially in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) and finally develop and incorporate evidence-based practices for effective pharmaceutical services delivery for future healthcare.” says Rashid Aman CAS Ministry of health.