The Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC 2017) is built on the successes of the 1st Amref Health Africa International Conference, whose name is now changed to the all inclusive name – Africa Health Agenda International Conference 2017
Amref Health Africa jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) organized the first Amref Health Africa International conference which was held on 15 – 17 November, 2014, at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was an excellent platform for researchers, policy makers, health practitioners, advocates and civil society organizations to share and exchange evidence drawn from research and experiences in health development programmes in Africa. The theme for the first conference was: From evidence to action: lasting health change for Africa. The Conference brought together 439 delegates from 20 countries, seven from outside Africa. The conference was generously sponsored by national and international organizations and agencies. The conference aimed to explore and debate on how Africa can influence the global health agenda to improve health and human rights on the continent. Building on the success of the first conference, the 2nd Africa Health Agenda International Conference was scheduled for March 7-9, 2017. The conference aimed to explore and debate on how Africa can influence the global health agenda to improve health and human rights on the continent. Click here to read the Communique from the Conference.
Conference unveiled the key role played by scientific research and its contributions to the achievement of the SDGs. It also provided an opportunity for researchers, scholars and industry leaders to assess and come to an understanding of what universal actions are needed to reverse the health status of the most fragile and marginalised populations in Africa to ensure vibrant and healthy communities across the continent.
It is recognised that each country faces specific challenges to achieving sustainable development. The commitment to strengthen international cooperation to address these persistent challenges and to ensuring promotion of social equity is at the core ofthe SDGs. The achievement of the SDGs will depend on global partnerships for sustainable development with active engagement of governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and other partners.
During this initial period of implementation of SDGs framework research inputs are critical to address major questions facing governments as they adopt the SDGs into country plans and strategies. AHAIC brings together health development professionals and researchers to share and evaluate evidence that can contribute to generating home-grown solutions to the health problems faced by the African continent in its efforts to achieve the SDGs. It also articulates the role and contributions of private sector in the achievement of the SDGs and transformation of the African continent.
Therefore, AHAIC 2017 will facilitate continuing exchange of scientific knowledge and research findings, and stimulate debate on strategies, ideas and innovations and the application of knowledge to inform health care financing, human resources for health and community systems strengthening policy and practice for the SDGs health agenda. The conference explored the role of innovations to solve some of the pressing issues for the attainment of the SDGs through a two-day Hackathon that engaged creative innovation experts to create technological solutions to some of the critical challenges that impede health in African countries.