WORLD-AFRICA-HEALTH / Universal health coverage: African ministers plead for mobilization of domestic resources – Senegalese press agency

From the APS special correspondent: Sokhna Khadidiatou Sakho

Geneva, May 29 (APS) – Several African ministers present at the 77th World Health Assembly have called for the mobilization of domestic resources to move towards a good policy of universal health coverage on the continent.

”We need to move towards mobilizing more domestic resources with innovative financing mechanisms,” said the Senegalese Minister of Health, Dr. Ibrahima Sy, who took part, Wednesday, in Geneva, in a panel on the theme: ”Innovations in universal health coverage and resource mobilization: African successes and perspectives”.

The discussion is organized by the Ivorian Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, scheduled from May 27 to 1er June around the global theme: ”A world mobilized for health, health for all”.

“Mandatory health insurance is a challenge” and “we must put in place a health risk coverage system for the entire population and above all abolish direct payment,” he added.

For the Senegalese minister, it is a matter of “reducing the burden of morbidity linked to diseases, by taking into account the determinants of health in order to gguaranteeing any person residing on the national territory access to quality care, without financial difficulty.

With this in mind, his counterpart from Côte d’Ivoire, Pierre Dimba, pointed out that his country “has a law on compulsory health insurance, but what is important is to find new domestic resources to finance universal health coverage.

”We currently have 12 million people enrolled and we are working to integrate the informal sector,” he said.

For the Minister of Health of Mauritius, ”it is imperative to identify new sources of financing to move towards universal health coverage”.

Taking part in this panel, Malawi’s Minister of Health, Dr Kandodo Chiponda, called for ”flexible funding from partners to support countries in meeting the challenges of universal health coverage”.

The executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Pierre Sands, for his part, invited “African countries to innovate in the mobilization of domestic resources because no one must be left stranded.

”Universal health coverage is essential,” he argued.

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