ACHEST’s DR. KADAMA ADDRESSES AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY HEALTH COMMITTEES
The ACHEST’s Director of Policy and Strategy, Dr. Patrick Kadama gave a keynote address at the 13th meeting of the Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH).
The annual meeting, which took place between 27 – 29 October 2021, was held under the theme “the role of parliamentarians in driving sustained programs for the achievement of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
In his address, Dr. Kadama highlighted four important messages:
• Decolonize global Health governance
• Building capacities of African institutions
• Tailor African Health Workforce to population needs in Africa
• Strengthening South-South collaboration (A detailed opinion piece has been published in the Africa Health Journal, October 2021 Issue AH-2021-10-07-opinion.pdf (africa-health.com)
Dr. Kadama’s full address is also available on this link: (http://www.partners-popdev.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/KeyNote-Accelerating-the-achievement-of-the-unfinished-agenda-of-the-ICPD-goals-and-SDGs-during-and-post-COVID-19-Pandemic-through-South-South-Cooperation-Dr.-Kadama-ACHEST.pdf
The NEAPACOH meeting also discussed and shared progress and country experiences regarding the implementation of the 2019 NEAPACOH country commitments and the “2018 Kampala Call to Action” amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. A 2021 Kampala Call to Action was adopted. It commits amongst other actions, to adopting and strengthening South-South Cooperation to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, lessons learned, and good practices in the field of population and development and calls upon Governments, UN agencies and international organizations, donors, the private sectors, and other relevant stakeholders to commit more investments to accelerate the achievement of the unfinished agenda of the ICPD and SDGs on the continent.
(Find all resources from the NEAPACOH – 2021 meeting, on the PPD website: http://www.partners-popdev.org/aro-news-and-events/the-13th-network-of-african-parliamentary-committees-of-health-neapacoh-2021-meeting-28-29-october-2021/