There is no better time to underscore the importance of Public Health than during the COVID-19 pandemic when the whole world has been thrown into a state of disarray. As the world grapple with this disease, which has claimed many lives, disrupted human interactions and left many people without a source of livelihood, the urgent and pressing need for resilient public health systems in protecting people and improving health outcomes has been profoundly highlighted. The pandemic has exposed how nations across the world, both high and low income, are not aptly prepared for unanticipated health events. The Global Health system is FRAGILE.
In step with the clarion call to strengthen Public Health Systems and adequately respond to the pandemic, Travel 4 Change Adventures, hosted the Building the Africa We Want Conference, ostensibly to discuss and highlight the Africa’s Public Health priority areas. The event was strategic as it coincided with the Africa Day, an annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity on 25 May 1963.
Stowelink through its chief programmes officer was represented in this discussion and highlighted extensively on why a focus on non-communicable diseases is urgent for Africa. And why we need to address this challenge before it becomes a burden. We also emphasized the pint that there has to be a multi-faceted approach to public health, the kind that makes it resilient and able to withstand pandemics such as COVID-19 and respond to NCDs.
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