Health Ministers from East, Central and Southern African (ECSA) regions have provided their support for a resolution recognizing the role of emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as part of universal health coverage (UHC). The 60th East, Central and Southern African (ECSA) Health Ministers Annual Conference "ECSA Health Community at 40: Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Better Health Outcomes" took place in Kampala Uganda from Feb 16-18, 2015 and brought together Health Ministers from the ECSA regions.
About the ECSA Health Community
The East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising of nine member states namely Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The ECSA Health Community has been in existence for 40 years, with a mission of promoting regional cooperation in health among member states. The ECSA Health Community was established to foster regional cooperation in health and aims to promote the highest standards of health for individuals, families and communities through advocacy, capacity building, brokerage, coordination, inter-sectoral collaboration and harmonization of health policies and programs. The Secretariat, which is the implementing organ of ECSA Health Community, is based in Arusha, Tanzania.
About the Health Ministers' Conference
The Health Ministers’ Conference brings together Health Ministers and other senior officials from the Ministries of Health including Health Experts, Health Researchers and Heads of Health Training Institutions from the Member States of ECSA Health Community, as well as diverse Collaborating Partners in the region and beyond. The Health Ministers Conference is the highest governing body of the ECSA Health Community. During this meeting the Ministers come up with resolutions that will guide programming of health interventions for ECSA Health Community member states in the coming year.
The discussions during this year's conference addressed five thematic areas:
• Universal Health Coverage
• Innovations in the Development of Human Resources for Health
• MDGs Lessons for Post 2015 Agenda
• Control of communicable diseases
• Prevention and Management of NCDs
The Ministers in the meeting were tasked with defining the region’s course of course of action and advising on the direction the ECSA Health Community and Countries to improve health service delivery.