Aisha urges African leaders to promote private investment in health.
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has urged African leaders to facilitate private sector investment in health. She made this appeal at the just concluded 19th General Assembly meeting of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV AIDS (OAFLA) held at African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.
She said this would ensure the improvement of healthcare delivery among adolescent girls on the continent.
A statement by her Director of Information, Mr. Suleiman Haruna, on Wednesday in Abuja said the theme of the event was, ”Building on 15 years of engagement to harness the demographic dividend of Africa through promoting the needs of adolescents and their access to youth-friendly health services”.
She said governments alone could not effectively solve these challenges due to its enormity, which is why the private sector is needed.
She noted that obnoxious policies needs to be looked into by wives of African Presidents and that investing in women has dual impact of positive health outcomes and economic empowerment for their self-reliance.
She therefore called for extraordinary actions and innovative partnerships to ensure their realization as embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
She said that, due to the emergence of new diseases and other health related humanitarian emergencies of the 21st century, there was a strong need to complement governments’ efforts towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.
She said, “Universal health coverage provides more than enough justification for greater involvement of the private sector in both delivery and financing of health care services,”
Aisha narrated her experience through her pet project the ” Future Assured” initiative, which she encouraged other members to emulate in their countries due to its impact.
The initiative provides nutritional programme for pregnant women and the “Get Involved initiative’’, which raised half a million dollars in essential nutritional materials for malnourished children, including those in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
She said the involvement of the private sector made the intervention a success.