– AFRICA HEALTHCARE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM –
The global coronavirus pandemic (also known as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19), remains the major headlines all over the world. It has become a catalyst fast bringing many long simmering social and economic problems to the boil. It has put huge pressure on the health services and resources of almost every country on the Planet. Healthcare systems throughout the world which remain largely in the industrial age are unable to cope with the prevailing international and national demands and challenges without major restructuring. COVID-19 has reinforced the need for international collaboration and the imperative to build stronger health systems for universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
In Africa, COVID-19 has underscored the importance of international collaboration, public and private sector partnerships, political commitment and knowledge sharing – to deal not only with the double burden of the traditional persisting health emergencies (communicable) and emerging health challenges (non-communicable) but to increase life expectancy, reduce maternal and child mortality, addressing existing inadequacies, inefficiencies and unmet needs across the healthcare life cycle from initial research to service delivery to overarching health systems.