Dr. Yaa Pokuaa Baiden champions women health financing | 5/24/2024

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Deputy Chief Executive for Administration and Human Resources, Dr. Yaa Pokuaa Baiden (Mrs.) has emphasized the need for adequate health financing to improve women healthcare, especially in the African continent.

She was addressing the 2nd Africa Women’s Health Symposium in Accra, under the theme “A New Dawn of Partnership for Women’s Health."

In collaboration with  Roche, HealthCare Federation Ghana , USAID , and MSD, the event was organized by the Africa Health Business (AHB), a Pan African consulting firm in Africa which aims to  improve access to equitable healthcare in Africa.

Dr. Yaa Pokuaa Baiden (Mrs.) bemoaned the millions  of women and children lacking access to life-saving medication, leaving them vulnerable to the scorch of preventable diseases and untimely deaths.

"Women face unique barriers from affordability to geographic limitations hindering the ability to receive the preventive and treatment options they deserve."

Her presentation focused on financing  women's healthcare, healthcare financing models that suit women, Innovative ways that NHIS Ghana has employed to increase access to medicines for women in Ghana and also the Role of public-private collaboration - private sector perspective.She further elaborated on the role of public-private collaboration to effectively increase access to women's health products, potential partnerships between governments, pharmaceutical companies, and non-profit organizations to drive innovation.

According to Dr. Baiden, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) recognizes this critical role women play in nation building and has firmly approached fostering innovative means  that empower women to improve their  access to quality healthcare delivery in Ghana.

"These innovations include free maternal healthcare, inclusion of breast and cervical cancer."She said the innovations are geared towards attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by the year 2030."

Government is focused on ensuring healthy lives, promoting the wellbeing, and extending life expectancy for all, hence the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) needs more strategic funding to ensure full coverage of the entire Ghanaian populace."

There were also discussions on issues of women and the healthcare system around the globe spanning in crucial areas. The Africa Health Business (AHB) has experts who provide clients with effective based solutions for today’s complex healthcare challenges facing the healthcare system in Africa through a mix of technical consultancy projects, and facilitatory and networking expertise. 

They do this through government, private sector, development agencies, NGO’s, CSO’s and FBO’s , Investment & Private Equity Firms, and Global Health Institutions. 

Source: Hamdiya Amadu Yakubu