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PharmAccess co-hosts Presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria

Mar 8, 2014

From March 7-10, Nigerian and international healthcare stakeholders are gathered in Abuja to participate in the Presidential Summit on universal health coverage. The four-day summit is major event that will set the agenda for the Nigerian healthcare sector for the coming years. In recognition of our expertise in healthcare financing and universal health coverage, PharmAccess was invited by the Federal Ministry of Health to serve as a member of the technical subcommittee.

Universal health coverage (UHC) has been a global health agenda priority area since the 58th World Health Assembly resolution in 2005, which called on member states to "develop their health systems, so that all people have access to services and do not suffer financial hardship paying for them." (WHO 2005) The importance of UHC has been re-iterated ever since, including during the 68th United Nations General Assembly in 2013.

The federal and state governments in Nigeria have been working towards universal health coverage since 2005. In light of the need for harmonization of efforts within a coordinated framework that ensures sustainability and alignment with international best practices, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, initiated a Presidential Summit on universal health coverage in Nigeria. About 500 participants representing the public and private sector are attending the event.

Technical sessions and national stakeholder meeting
On March 7th and 8th, a series of technical sessions are taking place on a variety of subjects. PharmAccess is serving on the panel of the sessions on financial risk protection for the informal sector and ensuring quality of care. On Sunday March 9th, PharmAccess is organizing a national stakeholders meeting with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Health for All and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). About 250 stakeholders are expected to attend this meeting themed 'Creating an enabling environment for the sustainability of pro-poor healthcare financing models in Africa.'

Finally on Monday, the President will join the summit to discuss how to best finance the path to universal health coverage. This discussion will be based around the conclusions of the different technical sessions. The outcome will determine the agenda for the coming years.

Follow regular Twitter updates on the Presidential Summit on @PharmAccessOrg.


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