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Financing resilient and renovated health system post COVID-19
21 April, 2020
In many African countries, the health indicators are very low. The challenges are numerous: shortage of human resources; poorly-equipped health facilities and inaccessible to a majority of poor; shortage of medicines and; a lack of effective service delivery of essential interventions; and low and inadequate health financing, to name a few. According to WHO, over 100 outbreaks and health-related emergencies already occur annually in Africa with high morbidity and mortality.
COVID 19 is yet another health shock to the African health care systems, which risks causing irreparable damage to the continent if targeted measures to finance the system are not taken immediately to prevent its imminent collapse and ensure its resilience and renovation in the future. In the context of domestic and international mobilization of funds as well as the ongoing debate on cancellation of African debts to fight COVID-19, the SDGC/A calls on African governments, international organizations, bilateral and multilateral cooperation to prioritize and invest in the following interventions.
- Establish a COVID -19 national response plan and strengthen emergency preparedness plan, in general.
- Engage in massive recruitment of health professionals so as to fill the staff gap needed to combat the pandemic and make available staffs for regular service delivery.
- Reinforce the health services not only with the COVID 19 material and equipment but also with basic equipment for basic interventions in primary healthcare facilities and the specialized hospitals not limited to COVID-19.
- Reinforce the referral system by making available ambulances and communication system in the health facilities.
- Strengthen infection prevention control programmes by investing in the WASH equipment and system in the health facilities to protect the patients and health workers from being infected.
- Provide health districts with utility vehicles to ensure their supervisory role of the health facilities, their mobile activities and ensure availability of medicines in the facilities.
- Put at the disposal of the head nurses at the rural areas motorcycles to be able to reach the communities in their health catchment for outreach activities.
- Equip the community health workers with mobile phones to ensure community surveillance.
- Reinforce the research and development capacity of existing health research institutes and increase their numbers.
- Invest in the non-communicable disease prevention and curative strategies.
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