The epidemic of Ebola and the effects of the cyclone Idai will be some of the topics under discussion starting today in Praia, Cape Verde, at the Second World Health Organization (WHO) Forum on Health in Africa.
“Achieving universal coverage of health and safety in Africa: the Africa we want” is the theme of this international meeting which runs until Thursday and expects more than 600 participants.
The invited participants include African Ministers of Health and other public authorities, as well as representatives from the main actors in the health sector, such as universities, non-governmental organizations and foundations, among others.
There are also expected 30 finalists from competition for innovative solutions for the health sector in Africa.
Providing a platform for discussing innovative strategies on persistent public health challenges in the African region, promoting enhanced country ownership and governance for health, and exploring concrete ways for partners to contribute to the reform of WHO’s work in the African region are objectives of the meeting.
In addition to the opening ceremony, the first session of the forum will take place today: “Bring universal health coverage to the next level in Africa: Do not leave anyone behind.”
This session will identify “the means to ensure that essential services are being made available to the population without losing the gains made so far from existing services.”
In the afternoon, multisectoral collaboration to improve health will be discussed, among other things, sharing the “state of the art of multisectoral collaboration for health outcomes, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of multisectoral collaboration.”
The organization justifies the choice of Cape Verde to host this event with the archipelago being “an excellent example of what can be achieved where there are political will and multisectoral collaboration for health.”
Cyclone Idai’s passage into Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, a week and a half ago, caused at least 762 deaths, according to the most recent official balance sheets.
According to the United Nations, Cyclone Idai affected 1.85 million people in Mozambique, with an estimated more than 480,000 displaced by the floods that destroyed and destroyed an area of more than 3,000 square kilometres.
The epidemic of Ebola hemorrhagic fever that has hit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since August 1, 2018, has surpassed 1,000 cases, the Congolese health ministry said on Sunday.
The latest assessment of the epidemiological situation, released on Sunday and dated March 23, indicates that since the beginning of the epidemic 1,009 cases were registered, of which 944 were confirmed and 65 were probable. In total, there were 629 deaths (564 laboratories confirmed and 65 probable) and 321 people were cured.
Another 240 cases are under investigation.