Africa Health Agenda International Conference 2017

March 2, 2017 in Konferenz, Partner, Projekte, Proposal by guenther_michels

Karsten Gareis and Thomas Erkert are travelling to Ghana this year in March again. They are again on a trip to prepare this time even two proposals for HITA. Their travelling schedule foresees first a trip to Nairobi to the „Africa Health Agenda International Conference 2017“, where they will meet potential project partners of other sub-Saharan countries. From Nairobi they shall fly to Ghana, where several additional meetings are planned to prepare these two proposals. Karsten and Thomas will have meetings in Accra, as well as in Ho, the capital of the Volta region.
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Africa Health Agenda International Conference: The Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC 2017) is built on the successes of the 1st Amref Health Africa International Conference, whose name is now changed to the all inclusive name – Africa Health Agenda International Conference 2017. Amref Health Africa jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) organized the first Amref Health Africa International conference which was held on 15 – 17 November, 2014, at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was an excellent platform for researchers, policy makers, health practitioners, advocates and civil society organizations to share and exchange evidence drawn from research and experiences in health development programmes in Africa. The theme for the first conference was: From evidence to action: lasting health change for Africa. The Conference brought together 439 delegates from 20 countries, seven from outside Africa. The conference was generously sponsored by national and international organizations and agencies. The conference aimed to explore and debate on how Africa can influence the global health agenda to improve health and human rights on the continent. Building on the success of the first conference, the Africa Health Agenda International Conference is scheduled for March 7-9, 2017. The conference aimed to explore and debate on how Africa can influence the global health agenda to improve health and human rights on the continent.

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The Conference will unveil the key role played by scientific research and its contributions to the achievement of the SDGs. It will also provide an opportunity for researchers, scholars and industry leaders to assess and come to an understanding ofwhat universal actions are needed to reverse the health status of the most fragile and marginalised populations in Africa to ensure vibrant and healthy communities across the continent. It is recognised that each country faces specific challenges to achieving sustainable development. The commitment to strengthen international cooperation to address these persistent challenges and to ensuring promotion of social equity is at the core ofthe SDGs. The achievement of the SDGs will depend on global partnerships for sustainable development with active engagement of governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and other partners. During this initial period of implementation of SDGs framework research inputs are critical to address major questions facing governments as they adopt the SDGs into country plans and strategies. AHAIC will bring together health development professionals and researchers to share and evaluate evidence that can contribute to generating home-grown solutions to the health problems faced by the African continent in its efforts to achieve the SDGs. It will also articulate the role and contributions of private sectorin the achievement of the SDGs and transformation of the African continent.

Therefore, AHAIC 2017 will facilitate continuing exchange of scientific knowledge and research findings, and stimulate debate on strategies, ideas and innovations and the application of knowledge to inform health care financing, human resources for health and community systems strengthening policy and practice for the SDGs health agenda. The conference will explore the role of innovations to solve some of the pressing issues forthe attainment of the SDGs through a two-day Hackathon that will engage creative innovation experts to create technological solutions to some of the critical challenges that impede health in African countries.

The objectives of AHAIC 2017 will be:

  • To bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners, the private sector, advocates for health and civil society together to reflect on home-grown solutions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals across the continent.
  • To share scientific research findings and best practices addressing health and health systems in Africa
  • To identify and discuss gaps and challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

These major objectives will further be addressed through four broad sub-themes and 16 tracks:

  • Community Health Systems Responsiveness and Resilience
  • Health Care Financing for Sustainable Development
  • Innovation and Technology for Health Systems
  • Global Health Security Initiatives

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Website to the Africa Health Agenda International Conference: