Closing Health Gaps in Africa

A lack of political will and inadequate funding to the health sector exacerbate Africa’s gaping health inequalities, according to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who spoke at the 67th annual session of the World Health Regional Committee this week.
Tedros challenged the 47 African health ministers in attendance to meet a pledge they made in 2001 to allocate at least 15% of their annual budgets to the health sector. Only 1 African country has reached that target; 11 have reduced health funding.
“We should move from a process-based to a results-oriented approach,” Tedros said, emphasizing impact on the number of lives saved.
Source: Deutsche Welle

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