African Development Conference Sees Commitments To Accelerate UHC On Continent

World Bank: Partners Launch Framework to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage in Africa; World Bank and Global Fund Commit $24 Billion
“Today at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI), African heads of state and partners vowed to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa. To help countries implement their health reforms, the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) committed to invest $24 billion in Africa over the next three to five years…” (8/26).

World Bank: Remarks by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at the Universal Health Coverage in Africa Side Event
“…We believe that investing in universal health coverage is an investment in the future. That’s why we are announcing today that we will commit up to $15 billion dollars over the next five years to accelerate universal health coverage in Africa. Let me tell you three reasons why we so strongly support universal health coverage. First, UHC confronts poverty head on by protecting people from major disease outbreaks and from catastrophic health expenses. … Second, UHC accelerates inclusive growth. … And third, UHC stimulates the health sector and creates jobs. … It’s urgent that we increase our investments in universal health coverage. Doing so will lead to healthier lives and healthier economies…” (8/26).

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