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Kampala to host EAC Retreat on Health Financing


Kampala to host EAC Retreat on Health Financing

Development partners in collaboration with East African Community Secretariat are organizing a retreat on Health development, Financing and Infrastructure.

The joint EAC Heads of State retreat is scheduled for for February 21-22, 2018 at Speke Resort Munyonyo, in Kampala, Uganda.

The retreat will be held under the theme ‘Deepening and widening regional integration through Infrastructure and Health Sector Development in the EAC Partner States’’.

According to organisers, the retreat is aimed at accelerating the attainment of the objectives of the EAC Development Strategy, the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals in the infrastructure and health sectors in the EAC.

‘During the retreat the Heads of State will address infrastructure and health development and financing in East Africa, which will be followed by the 19th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State on February, 23, 2018.

The retreat is expected to give motivation to infrastructure and health development by way of harnessing political support for regional flagship projects, funding commitments, and Public-Private Partnerships arrangements’ the EAC release dated January 19 indicates in part.

‘This Retreat comes at a time when EAC Partner States are expanding capacity for delivery of high quality health services, training and research such as through the AfDB/Partner States’ financed regional centers of excellence (RCoE) for Kidney Diseases (Kenya); Heart Diseases (Tanzania); Cancer (Uganda); e-Health, Biomedical Engineering and Health Rehabilitation Sciences (Rwanda); and Vaccines, Immunization and Health Supply Chain Management (Rwanda).’

The retreat will target key priority projects in railways, ports and inland waterways, energy and connecting roads prioritized to de-congest the cities and enhance logistics at the ports and, as agreed during the 3rd Retreat, the 4th Retreat is expected to receive a report on the projects and programs of the civil aviation and airports sub sectors.

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