Learn more about the conference
The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) is an autonomous international organization that provides technical support, and expertise as input to national governments, private sector, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda across Africa. With headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda, the Center builds upon the existing successes of the African continent by bringing together people, ideas, and innovation from across the world to collectively build a more sustainable future.
The Every Life Matters: Building and Strengthening Accountability in African Health Systems conference will convene stakeholders to galvanize greater accountability and call for commitments and actions by all political and government actors and other leaders in the healthcare sector to deliver. The participants will include Ministries of Health, Finance and Economic Planning; health professionals, and representatives of health associations, councils and research centers in Africa and worldwide.
Every life matters.
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family.” However, despite global declarations and goals, government commitments and pledges, calls to actions, and targeted interventions, many health issues that are no longer challenges in other countries continue to be huge issues in Africa.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are very comprehensive and emphasizes the interconnected nature of all the goals. While SDG 3 focuses on good health and well-being, all the other SDG indicators impact and affect its success. It is undeniable that health indicators will continue to improve as long as there are interventions; however, countries need strong institutions, good governance and accountability systems in order for health systems and service delivery to reach impactful, optimum and efficient levels and, arguably, to reach the high bar – the very necessary high bar – set by the SDGs.
The Every Life Matters: Building and Strengthening Accountability in African Health Systems conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali from the 8th – 9th March, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The conference will bring together over 500 government ministers; health professionals, and representatives of health associations, councils and research centers in from all over the continent and the diaspora, in order to define the accountability framework necessary to achieve SDG 3 in Africa.
The objectives of the conference aim to galvanize greater accountability and push governments and health professions to deliver by:
- Calling for commitments and actions by all political and government actors and other leaders in the healthcare sector to enact and enforce a standard regulatory system that
facilitates and ensures true accountability in the health system;
- Placing ethical standards at the center of the quality of care offering;
- Creating greater awareness in the public of their inherent human right to health and along with that, the right they have to hold health officials and practitioners, at all
The opening panel discussion will bring together a range of dynamic speakers, health professionals and representatives of African medical networks, councils and research centers to address the ways in which we could build an overarching accountability framework for healthcare that will underpin the transformational change required in the healthcare system throughout Africa by 2030.
Following the opening panel discussion, three thematic sessions will be held on themes of accountability:
(i) Defining the accountability framework necessary to achieve SDG 3 in Africa;
(ii) Examining how data, research and development engender greater, stronger, long-lasting accountability systems and mechanisms in health in African nations; and
(iii) Establishing appropriate remedies and other accountability mechanisms to ensure proper functioning of a healthcare system.
The conference will feature the keynote address from high level dignitaries and SDGC/A Board Members. In addition, the panel discussion and three thematic group discussions will bring together diverse speakers, health professionals and representatives of African medical networks, councils and research centers to address the ways in which we could build an overarching accountability framework for healthcare that will underpin the transformational change required in the healthcare system throughout Africa by 2030.
Dr. Belay Begashaw
Director General, SDGC/A
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs
SDGC/A Board Member and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General
Honorable Dr. Diane Gashumba
Minister of Health, Rwanda
Professor Philip Cotton
Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda
Project Director, UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House