The World Health Organization calls on Africa to increase investment in health systems

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on African governments to invest more into improving health systems in order to improve the quality of healthcare services.

The WHO Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti, who was on a three-day visit to Zambia, said that funding to health systems in Africa is still below the required threshold, adding that both national governments and cooperating partners should ensure that this is increased.

‘Africa is facing challenges in dealing with communicable diseases and in recent years, we have seen the emergence of non-communicable diseases and this requires improved healthcare systems. But unfortunately, health care systems are still under-funded in many countries,’ she said.

She also said that The United Nations health agency has come up with guidelines that countries could use to embrace herbal medicines so that medicines are integrated in national healthcare delivery systems.

Meanwhile, WHO has commitment itself to continue helping Zambia improve its healthcare delivery system. She said the two parties agreed to work on a partnership that will ensure universal healthcare coverage throughout the country by training more healthcare workers, ensuring sustained provision of medicines, and building infrastructure.

‘Zambia still has a big gap in healthcare delivery systems and we agreed that we need to work together to improve the situation. The WHO is committed to help Zambia improve its healthcare system, ‘she said.

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