Themed: ‘Leading change in strengthening our healthcare ecosystem‘. The 2022 conference was centered around an active response to the current situation in healthcare, calling on the sector to take leadership and make it their business to strengthen the ecosystem in tandem with the transformational healthcare reform debates.
Conference Objective: Foster collaborative industry participation in strengthening health systems in the region, promote sustained commitment, cross-learning, leadership, transparency, good governance, and agility.
The conference programme was anchored around the WHO’s six building blocks for health systems strengthening.
Pillar one: Leadership and governance
‘Leadership and governance involve ensuring that strategic policy frameworks exist and are combined with effective oversight, coalition-building, regulation, attention to system design and accountability.’
Pillar two: Health service delivery
‘Good health services are those that deliver effective, safe, quality personal and non-personal health interventions to those who need them, when and where needed, with minimum waste of resources.’
Pillar three: Health workforce
‘A well-performing health workforce is one that works in ways that are responsive, fair and efficient to achieve the best health outcomes possible, given available resources and circumstances (i.e. there are sufficient staff, fairly distributed; they are competent, responsive and productive).’
Pillar four: Information systems
‘A well-functioning health information system is one that ensures the production, analysis, dissemination and use of reliable and timely information on health determinants, health system performance and health status.’
Pillar five: Medical products, vaccines and technologies
‘A well-functioning health system ensures equitable access to essential medical products, vaccines and technologies of assured quality, safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness, and their scientifically sound and cost-effective use.’
Pillar six: Financing