High-ranking representatives of 30 African health insurance agencies have been honored for attending the first-ever Regional Conference on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Health Security, held in Ghana’s capital Accra.
Jointly organized by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) from October 12 to 13, 2023, the conference was on the theme, "Overcoming financial barriers and providing financial risk protection."
The immense event provided a vital snapshot of major achievements, opportunities, and challenges, situating it in the context of ensuring that health remains a priority in low-middle-income countries where governments are struggling to address the global economic downturn, post the COVID-19 pandemic recovery.
At the end of the two-day conference, executive management of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) gave the representatives certificates of participation and other artifacts.
The NHIA Chief Executive, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye assisted by other distinguished personalities, gave out the awards and implored the participants to form synergies with key stakeholders to ensure that no one is left behind in terms of universal access to quality and affordable healthcare services.
He encouraged African governments to pause, reflect, and strengthen domestic resource mobilization mechanisms to address key challenges associated with UHC and Health Security financing.
He further commended development partners for providing continuous support towards achieving UHC and Health Security in the Subregion.
Leader of the conference Planning Ad hoc Committee, Mr. Raphael Segkpeb in an interview on the sidelines applauded his team members and the proud sponsors for making the event successful.
The conference which was held at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra sought to promote multi-sectoral collaboration and foster partnerships between key stakeholders.
The event marked the commencement of Ghana's NHIS 20th Anniversary as well as the WHO 75th Anniversary in Ghana.
The main sponsors were Ghana's Ministry of Health, NHIS Ghana, World Health Organization (WHO), 75Health for All, UNFPA, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Margins Group, Roche, PharmAccess Foundation, BUCK PRESS, Oesterreichische StaatsDruckerei (OSD), National Insurance Commission (NIC), ZoomLion Ghana Limited, DocuPro, CalBank, OmniBank, Republic Bank Limited, Apex Health Insurance, Nationwide Medical Insurance, Metropolitan Health Insurance, JPPL and IPMC I.T Learning Center.
Source: ABDUL KARIM NAATOGMAH