High Level Ministerial Dialogue on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector
On July 4-5, 2012, the AFDB as a key partner of the Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) mechanism organized a high-level dialogue between Ministers of Finance and Health on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector in Tunis.
The conference gathered over 50 Ministers of Finance and Health and/or their representatives from 33 African countries, parliamentarians as well as over 400 participants from the public and private sectors, academia, civil society and media globally. His Excellency Hamadi Jebali, Prime Minister of Tunisia, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and Dr. Margaret Chan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation delivered the opening remarks.
The conference emphasized the urgent need for greater domestic accountability, reduced dependence on foreign aid and the role of Parliamentarians as well as using e-health in achieving greater value money in the delivery of health services in Africa. In May 2012 the African Development launched an e-health award which recognizes the most authentic African ICT solutions in health.
It also stressed the need to tackle the critical shortages, maldistribution and inadequate performance of health workers in Africa. With 12% of the world population and 25% of the world’s burden of diseases, Africa has only 3% of the world health workforce. Ethiopia’s Health Extension Worker (HEW) Program is a good example of innovative policy interventions to health worker shortages.
The 2-day event also covered the drivers of capturing the demographic dividend highlighting the dramatic drop in child mortality and new initiatives on family planning. This was further stressed at the London Family Planning Summit on July 11, 2012 where global leaders pledged to provide 120 Million women in the world's poorest countries with access to contraceptives by 2020.
This high level dialogue culminated in a Tunis Declaration endorsed by all Ministers of Finance and Health present as the roadmap guiding the future health agenda in Africa
Recognizing the critical role of political leadership and the strategic role of Ministers of Finance, the Harvard University and AfDB jointly launched the ministerial leadership in health program for African Ministers of Finance during the conference. The first cohort will travel to Boston from November 28-December 1, 2012.
- Session 1: Value for Money, Accountability and Sustainability: Towards and Beyond the Health MDGs
- Session 2: Seizing the Demographic Dividend Now: A One-Time Opportunity for Africa
- Session 3: African Innovations
- Session 4: Reaching the Poor: The Post MDG Agenda
- Session 5: Learning from the BRICS
- Session 6: Leveraging the AIDS Response for Sustainable Health Financing
- Session 7: Protecting the Poor against Catastrophic Health Expenditure
- Session 8: The Health Sector as a Job Market
- Session 9: Power of Citizen’s Voice in Africa
- Session 10: Health Sector, Private Sector and Growth
- 40+ African Ministers of Finance and Health Tackle Health MDGs and Steer post-MDG Agenda
- eHealth Africa Conference: Integrating mHealth into eHealth Strategy Implementation
- Health Ministers say Investing in Health is Key to Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Africa
- Some 40 African Ministers of Finance and Health gather in Tunis to Pledge for Enhanced Voice and Accountability in Health
- A Dynamic and Skilled Health Workforce is Key to Universal Health Coverage
- Fertility Decline Key to Capturing the Demographic Dividend in Africa
- Capturing the ICT Dividend: AfDB Supports the Rise of e-Health in Africa
- Rapid Child Mortality Decline in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Parliamentarians Key to Institutionalisation of Value for Money, Accountability and Sustainability in Health Sector
- Using Public-Private Partnership to Finance National Hospitals: The Case of Lesotho
- Agenda (442 kB)
- Concept Note (484 kB)
- Media Advisory (473 kB)
- Tunis, Tunisia - 5 July 2012 - AfDB President's Statement at High Level Dialogue between Ministers of Finance and Health (186 kB)
- Tunis Declaration on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector - A joint Declaration by the Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Health of Africa (292 kB)
- Ministerial Leadership in Health Program for Ministers of Finance - A Joint Harvard-AfDB Program (301 kB)
- Presentation - One billion Opportunities for Africa - Building Human Capital for Inclusive Growth (2.08 MB)
- Human Resources for Health: Ethiopia’s Success Story (555 kB)