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Health systems strengthening


    The strengthening health systems contributes to the attainment of the goal of Health for All by supporting the countries of the African Region in the strengthening of their health systems through the development and implementation of community oriented health policies and realistic plans within the context of national socio - economic development, and the improvement of health services performance in terms of quality, effectiveness, efficiency, coverage and equitable accessibility.

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    Regional Forum on Strengthening Health Systems for the SDGs and UHC, 8-13 December 2016, Windhoek, Namibia

    Statement on the First Regional Forum for Strengthening Health Systems for UHC and SDGs

    Regional Forum on Strengthening Health Systems for the SDGs and UHC, 8-13 December 2016, Windhoek, Namibia


    The First Regional Forum on Strengthening Health Systems for the SDGs and UHC will take place in Windhoek, Namibia from 8-13 December 2016. The Forum is organized by the WHO Regional Office for Africa in order to mobilize stakeholders to improve health systems in a sustainable way.

    Despite significant improvement in the health indicators of many African countries, health systems continue to face challenges including inadequacies in the health workforce, in health financing, in weak procurement and supply systems and with poor information and monitoring systems.

    The Forum will be a platform for the senior health systems technical leaders and policy makers of ministries of health and key stakeholders to review, discuss and coordinate country and inter-country health systems strengthening efforts towards attaining the health SDGs.  


    1. To agree on a framework for strategic health systems actions on UHC for individual AFR member states and the region.
    2. Agree on mechanisms for monitoring countries’ and the region’s systems strengthening efforts and their impact on UHC and the SDGs
    3. Establish a framework for strategic health investments at country and inter-country levels
    4. To engage with partners and donors in supporting health systems strengthening in different country contexts.
    Harmonization in Health for Africa

    Investing in Health for Africa
    The Case for Strengthening Systems for Better Health Outcomes


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    Investing in African health systems is an opportunity to drive economic development and growth forward, move countries closer to achieving objectives of national poverty reduction strategies (the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs), and ensure social and political stability by saving millions of lives and preventing life-long disabilities. Existing evidence provides us with clear guidance on what to invest in, how much to invest, and what can be achieved with this level of investment.

    This document brings this information together to present the case for Investing in Health for Africa: the case for strengthening systems for better health outcomes. It has been prepared by the Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) group, working in close collaboration with The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health;National Ministries of Health on the continent, and focuses on countries of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).4 It is also based on a recognition that this investment case needs to support the ongoing work within the health sectors already underway in individual countries.