Inadequate domestic financing for health, coupled with inefficient utilization of available investments has remained one of the impediments to achieving UHC and SDGs among many African countries. While governments in Africa have committed and signed on to UHC frameworks including the Abuja Declaration and the Africa Leadership meeting (ALM) commitments, implementation of these commitments at country level remains uneven.
With this background, Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), in partnership with the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), PATH, Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), Faith to Action Network and the Network of African Parliamentary Committees on Health (NEAPACOH) organized the 2023 NEAPACOH meeting under the theme of; “Achieving UHC and SDGs in the post COVID-19 era: The Role of Parliamentarians’’. with the following sub themes:
- Towards achieving UHC and SDGs: The key imperatives;
- Accelerating Access to Sexual Reproductive Health Information & Services for Adolescents and Young People;
- Accelerating Domestic Health Financing for achieving UHC and SDGs in Africa;
- Integrating Population, Health and Environment for sustainable development; and
- Strengthening African leadership, stewardship and accountability for achieving UHC and the SDGs;
The meeting took place from February 22-23, 2023 at Speke Resort, Kampala- Uganda and drew participation of Parliamentarians government officials and Civil Society Organizations from Benin, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Eswatini, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.