GIS - 30 November, 2015: The 62nd East, Central and Southern Africa-Health Community (ECSA-HC) Health Ministers Conference begins today at InterContinental Mauritius Resort, Balaclava, on the theme ‘Transitioning from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals’, with the overall aim of identifying policy issues and making recommendations to facilitate this transition.
The Conference, scheduled from 30 November to 04 December 2015, is organised by the ECSA-HC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life. It will seek to expand the regional advocacy agenda to focus attention on enhancing Universal Health Coverage through innovations in health financing, Regional Collaboration in the Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases and Innovations in Health Professional Training.
The Conference starts this morning with the 9th ECSA – HC Best Practices Forum, which will be followed by the 25th Directors’ Joint Consultative Committee on 2 December. Recommendations from the Forum and the Consultative Committee will form the basis for the Resolutions of the 62nd Health Ministers Session which will open on 3 December 2015.
Some 150 participants are expected at the event which brings together Senior Officials from Ministries of Health, Health Experts and Researchers, Heads of Health Research and Training Institutions from Member States of the ECSA Health Community as well as diverse collaborating partners in the region and beyond.
The ECSA-HC is a regional intergovernmental organisation that has been established to foster regional cooperation in health and aims to promote the highest standards of health for individuals, families and communities through advocacy, capacity building, brokerage, coordination, inter-sectoral collaboration and harmonisation of health policies and programmes. The community comprises nine member countries, namely, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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