The African Development Bank has called for increased and better quality investments in Africa’s health sector to achieve universal health coverage.
The AfDB said this in a statement to commemorate the World Health Day 2018 on Saturday.
The theme for the day was ‘Universal health coverage: Everyone, everywhere.’
According to the Bank, member states of the United Nations agreed in 2012 to work towards achieving universal health coverage by 2030 with a target that everyone everywhere should access quality health services where and when they need them without facing financial hardship.
The Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development at the African Development Bank, Oley Dibba-Wadda, said, “Providing universal health coverage through strengthened health systems, backed with a sound financing system, are clearly fundamental to improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.”
The AfDB noted that its decentralisation policy had brought the institution closer to clients with social sector experts across the five African regions.
The statement read in part, “The Bank’s five development priorities (Light up and Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialise Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa) are enablers for achieving public health security in Africa.
“Since the late 1970s, the AfDB has invested $7.2bn to finance over 220 health operations ,mainly through its sovereign lending window. These projects have a strong focus on increasing access to health care services and saving the lives of people, and contributing to improving the health and well-being of women and children.”
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