Conference on African Health Financing

4-5 JULY 2012 | TUNIS

African health and finance ministers set out strategy for increased investment in health

Opening session of the Conference

His Excellency Hamadi Jebali, Prime Minister of Tunisia, delivered the event’s opening remarks. High‐profile keynote speakers also included: PMNCH Chair Julio Frenk, Dean of the School of Public Health, Harvard University; Hans Rosling, Chairman of Gapminder Foundation; and Frances Day‐Stirk, President of the International Confederation of Midwives.

The objectives of this conference are to create common understanding of the need to achieve better value for money and accountability in the financing of health in Africa as a key factor for economic growth and sustainable development, and to enhance joint leadership and collaboration between the two ministries. Ministers of Health and Ministers of Finance share common objectives in seeking the highest value for money, making better use of domestic and external resources from both governments and other sources to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and enhancing accountability for these resources. The conference process is expected to result in the adoption of an “Engagement and Action Framework”, which would be used by governments to engage relevant stakeholders in concrete programmes to move the health MDGs agenda forward, especially improving the capacity to plan and budget for results.

2012 Health Financing Scorecard

Findings of new combined 2012 Multi-year Health Financing Trends Analysis and 2012 Health Financing Scorecard, which were released at the conference, indicate that 11 years after the old 2001 Abuja commitment, it’s time for the old AU 15% commitment to be reviewed and improved from just 15% to 15% Plus. Download the 2012 Health Financing Scorecard (link on the right handside)

WRA: “Atlas of Birth” launched to support advocacy for African health financing

To coincide with this meeting and to support the media covering it, The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood—in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the Africa Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Coalition and the International Confederation of Midwives—has produced an “Atlas of Birth” flyer (a compendium of the latest available data on African health financing with maps, images and stories), which gives clear and accessible information on why health should be invested in, why now and why it makes economic sense. Download the Atlas of Birth flyer (link on the right handside)

The Conference is a follow up to the dialogue on health financing initiated during the AU/UNECA Ministers of Finance Meeting in Addis Ababa in March 2011 and the publication: “Investing in Health for Africa. The Case for Strengthening Systems for Better Health Outcomes” (link on the right handside).