International Non-governmental organisation, Christian Aid-UK, have called on all African governments that have pledge commitment to the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to live by their words. This they said will help mitigate the rising cases of morality as well as poverty.
Christian Aid-UK also announced it’s health intervention where no fewer than four countries comprising of Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan and Sierra Leone benefited from the Ellis-Hadwin Health Legacy project. The project which took place from 2016 to 2020, built strong partnerships through community driven intervention that inform the needs, priorities of target communities using participatary, vulnerability and capacity assessment tools.
Speaking at the closing meeting of the project which took place on Zoom, Christian Aid’s Head of Africa, Karimi Kinoti reemphasized the need for the continuous use of Health care interventions as tool or vehicle to fight poverty. According to her “Health is a Fundamental Right of every human being, regardless of their gender socio-economic status, or their age, sadly it is not the case across the continent of Africa….access to good, quality healthy care….is generally the preserve the privileged few, who either have have medical cover, or liquid cash to pay for the services.”
Kinoti added that having money and medical cover is not even a guarantee for good health. According to her health care delivery should not just be available in quantity but in quality as well.
“Medical cover, liquid cash is not a bottomless pit, if a person is not well for example a chronic illness, quality health is a huge financial burden for many households especially the poor households where decisions has to be made on a daily basis, continually on what the available money should be used for; school, food, hospital etcetera” She said.
“Affordable health care models are far from being standard practice, so it is the question of quality, there is also the question of affordability”
She also questioned the promised made by African government’s twenty years ago to key into the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) which he said has been treated with levity.
In her words;
“Our African governments have made commitments towards universal health coverage in 2001, which is 20 years ago, to allocate atleast 15% of their annual budget to financing the health sector, if that pledge actually became reality on the ground, where will the health sector on Africa. But this remain a pipe dream, the Covid 19 pandemic have demonstrated how important for all countries to have strong health systems….”