Meetings related to leadership and management of health services
Primary Health Care and Health Systems in Africa
28-30 April, 2008, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
This Conference, hosted by the government of Burkina Faso, was the first of its kind to take place in Africa in 2008 which marked the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration on PHC, and the 60th Anniversary of WHO.
The Alma Ata Declaration expressed the need for action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to promote and protect the health of all the people of the world. Since then, countries in the African Region have formulated or reviewed their national health policies and developed strategic plans in order to improve the performance of their health systems and reduce the burden of communicable and non communicable diseases for a better health status of their people.
Efforts are ongoing in many countries in the region to provide integrated health services that are accessible, affordable, of good quality; generate the necessary human and physical resources to make that possible; raise and pool the revenues used to purchase services; enhance managerial effectiveness and efficiency and community actions for health, and govern, steer and regulate the health sector through defining the vision and direction of health policy.