Health Challenges and Systems

Critical Health Systems Needs and Challenges

Health is the backbone of a nation. Sub-Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate burden of ill-health, and health remains largely under-funded by many governments in the region. In 2010, HIV/AIDS claimed up to 1.2 million lives in sub-Saharan Africa and a further 22.9 million people, including 2.3 million children, were living with HIV/AIDS. The region is also now increasingly threatened by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive respiratory disease.

Current Project

WHO – Technical Assistance for Accountability for Health Framework in Africa

Program: Health Challenges and Systems

Through the World Health Organization (WHO), APHRC is providing technical assistance to selected countries to implement and assess progress in achieving recommendations for improving Women’s and Children’s health.

Accountability is now very important in the health care sector. The Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health set up by the UN Secretary General, HE Ban Ki-Moon concluded that there is need to focus on improving information for better results, tracking of resources and stronger oversight for results and resources.

Key challenges identified by the Commission included lack of capacity for collecting and analyzing data and tracking resources allocated to health, particularly to Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), weak civil registration systems, duplication of efforts among others.

Through WHO, APHRC is providing technical assistance to selected countries to implement and assess progress in achieving the recommendations for improving Women’s and Children’s health.

The 2012/2013 Kenya National Health Accounts Report by the Ministry of Health in close collaboration with other partners benefited from the Technical Assistance offered under this project.

Project period

  • May 2012 to September 2014

Project Funders

  • WHO

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