World Bulletin / News Desk
The Pan-African Medical Doctors and Healthcare Conference kicked off on Wednesday at African Union (A.U.) headquarters in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
The opening session was attended by A.U. Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom.
In his keynote speech, Teshome said the conference hoped to tackle Africa's pressing health needs, including access to quality healthcare, the need for better regional healthcare infrastructure and the need for affordable pharmaceuticals, among others.
"I believe that this pan-African medical doctors conference... will provide unprecedented opportunities for strategic partnerships among African governments and international developers, private healthcare institution owners and operators, as well as pertinent stakeholders," Teshome said.
"It will also discuss the pressing problems of Africa, particularly the continent's continued brain-drain, so that African governments devise viable solutions," he added.
"It is an opportunity to transform the brain-drain into 'brain-gain,' zeroed on the fact that the diaspora offers an exceptional synergy: the problem-solving perspective that comes with distance and the intense commitment that comes with a sense of deep closeness and belonging," Teshome asserted.
The Ethiopian leader said Africa had $100 billion in healthcare investment opportunities, making it a gateway for international investors seeking strategic partnerships.
Ted Alemayehu, founder of U.S. Doctors for Africa, which is organizing the two-day event, delivered a welcoming speech in which he said Africa needed to look into the future to create a healthy society.
"People in the West are planning ahead," he said, adding that Africa should do the same. He also said that Ethiopia had been selected to host the event due to its success in providing basic services countrywide.
The event brings together health ministers, medical policymakers, leading physicians, innovators and representatives of regional and international medical organizations.
Participants will discuss issues related to healthcare access, the need for better regional healthcare infrastructure, concerns over the so-called "brain-drain" phenomenon and access to affordable drugs.Last Mod: 21 Mayıs 2014, 13:58