MoetiThis symposium is such a unique and valuable  opportunity for public and business leaders, with development partners, civil society representatives and policy-makers to have conversations, share knowledge, ideas and experiences, to address problems and to advance implementation of innovative ideas and new ways of working for better health.

At WHO, our number one priority is to support our member states to achieve universal health coverage – so that all people can access and afford the health care they need.

There has never been a more propitious moment for this discussion. When African countries joined the international community just last month, in adopting the political declaration of the high-level meeting on UHC at the UN General Assembly, they were re-affirming commitment which we have seen in the political decisions of national leaders and the actions of health ministers in the past couple of years.

This declaration calls for stronger partnership with the private sector in service delivery, medicines and technologies, research and development and other areas, and for all stakeholders to move together to build a healthier world.

In February, at the African Union Summit, Heads of State discussed investing in health and they adopted a declaration on increasing domestic financing.

They also discussed the private sector’s role and committed to working more closely together to improve health outcomes.

At this same summit, leaders in business in Africa working together with the UN Economic Commission for Africa, convened Heads of States to deepen discussion on this issue. Together, the UNECA, the Aliko Dangote Foundation and GBC Health launched the Africa Business Coalition for Health. This coalition will create a platform for ongoing high-level collaboration for mutual accountability and to encourage investment along the value chain of health.

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