African Lawmakers have voiced support for stronger health emergency preparedness and response. This was at the continent’s first-ever parliamentary meeting on health security which recently held in Accra, Ghana.
The lawmakers agreed to support actions for stronger health systems to enable countries effectively prevent, prepare, and respond to public health threats. They also voiced support for a common African position on the ongoing negotiations of the key global instruments to govern health security, such as the first-ever global Pandemic Accord and amendments to the International Health Regulations.
The meeting also discussed the crucial role of parliamentarians in supporting measures for resilient health systems that provide adequate and quality services, while ensuring effective national response to health emergencies.
This is a welcome development, as it shows that African lawmakers are committed to strengthening the continent’s health security. This is essential in light of the increasing frequency and severity of public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.