In North Africa, significant efforts are being made to develop the healthcare sector, and investments in medical insurance, vaccination, access to water and better nutrition have resulted in the decrease of infant and maternal mortality and longer life expectancy.
According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the combination of three factors - the ongoing rapid socio-economic changes, demographic transitions leading to the increase of juvenile population and a population which started ageing, and the evolution of lifestyles - has given rise to new patterns of consumption, new diseases, and new needs that will constitute challenges to the countries of the region.
To overcome these new challenges, the ECA believes that health systems have to develop a clear vision and strategy, reforms have to be made in order to implement more equitable health funding policies and achieve the universal coverage. Moreover, better advantage should be taken of the potential of the private sector as a support to the public health system.
These reforms also imply that policymakers in the region should tackle the issue of infrastructure and human resources in health sectors, according to the ECA.
About North Africa Health
North Africa Health is a 3-day exhibition and congress that will take place from 7-9 April 2020 at Egypt International Exhibition Centre in Cairo. The event connects key industry professionals from the region and abroad to meet, learn and do business. The 2020 edition will host more than 180 exhibitors and 5,000 healthcare providers, medical practitioners, manufacturers, eHealth experts, key buyers, distributors, policy makers and stakeholders from around the world.