Last week, ahead of the 5th International African Palliative Care Conference, the 2nd African Ministers of Health session brought together high level decision makers from African governments, the UN, the AU and the WHO among others to discuss the future of palliative care in Africa.
This meeting followed on from the 1st African Ministers of Health session, which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2013.
The session was chaired by Honourable Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health of the Republic of Uganda, and Dr Bernard Tei Dornoo, Chairperson of the African Palliative Care Association (APCA)Board of Directors. The guest of honour was The Honourable Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the World Health Assembly resolution WHA 67.19: ‘Strengthening Palliative Care as a Component of Comprehensive Care throughout the Lifecourse’, and to agree upon The Kampala Declaration 2016 – Consensus statement for strengthening palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course in Africa.
Over 26 countries were represented at the meeting, with Ministers or their representatives from The Gambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Libya, Republic of Sudan, South Africa, and Uganda, presenting their progress in implementing the resolution.
Country representatives each shared an update on how their country had progressed in the recommendations of the resolution since its passage in 2014.
After a productive discussion, the Ministers adopted the Kampala Consensus Statement to reaffirm their commitment to the WHA Resolution on palliative care.
This document will allow citizens and civil society to hold their governments accountable to ensure the delivery of quality palliative care services.
The Kampala Declaration 2016 is available to download from the Resources section.
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