On Saturday the 25th of April the annual Afrikadag will take place in The Hague. A day filled with political debate, workshops, and information about Africa. The Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation Bert Koenders will deliver the opening speech. Other speakers include former Minister for Development Cooperation Jan Pronk, State Secretary of Economic Affairs Frank Heemskerk and singer-songwriter and anti-poverty activist Angélique Kidjo.
Workshop: a new paradigm
The beating heart of the day form the 50 debates, lectures and workshops organized around theme’s related to Africa and development cooperation. Subjects vary from ‘Africa and the current crisis,’ to a workshop on ‘children living within the HIV/AIDS pandemic.’
The Health Insurance Fund will host a workshop on health insurance in Africa; under the title: ‘A new paradigm for increased access to health care in Africa.’ During the workshop, amongst others, Onno Schellekens, Managing Director of PharmAccess (the implementing partner of the Health Insurance Fund) will elaborate on the necessity to re-think the way in which health care is delivered. It is evident that the Millennium Development Goals, including cutting poverty by half by 2015 and halting the spread of deadly disease, will not be met. The resulting economic and social damage wrought in Africa is incalculable.
Therefore, he argues for a health care reform in which government and private sector work together and in which the development of amongst others pre-paid private insurance coverage for low-income people plays a major role.
Mrs. A. de Roos, Senior policy advisor Sustainable Economic Development of the Dutch ministry of Development Cooperation will give an introduction with the theme 'Public and Private Health care in Africa: Perspectives from the Dutch Governement' and accordingly debate the topic with Onno Schellekens.
Mr. R. Dubbeldam, Senior public health consultant, will be moderator of the debate. Naturally, there is room for the audiance to ask questions during this closing debate.