It gives me great pleasure to share my thoughts on the Amref Health Africa International Health Conference. First, I would like to thank Amref and WHO for holding the conference in Kenya and I welcome all delegates, conference speakers and exhibitors who are coming together to find solutions to health challenges affecting our continent.
In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility involving all sectors: government, private sector, healthcare administrators, professional associations, NGOs and the community. It is therefore important that we work together and align our strategies in building a healthy continent. Kenya like other African countries has had her own share of health challenges, mainly reproductive health and maternal and neonatal child health, HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria. Some of these health issues should not be affecting our population in this age and time.
The conference theme: “From Evidence to Action: Lasting Health Change for Africa,” very appropriate and timely. Various actors in the health sector have to address the need for synergy and partnership to effectively bring lasting solutions to these challenges.
I congratulate the organizing committee for creating a forum through which various individuals and organizations of diverse backgrounds and nationality but with a shared goal of making Africa a healthy continent can share knowledge and experiences on ways through which we can positively influence the global health agenda.
It is therefore my privilege and pleasure to welcome you all to Kenya at large and to this conference in particular. It’s my belief our discussions for the next three days will go a long way in a addressing the challenges we face. I therefore declare this inaugural conference open and all the best in your deliberations.