Macroeconomics and Health (CMH)

Inter-country workshop for developing plans of action for taking forward CMH-related work

Enhancing political commitment for health and planning country actions to increase health investment were the two major objectives of the workshop organised by the WHO Regional Office for Africa with the dynamic support of the WHO Ethiopia Office and also Headquarters. The workshop took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 3 to 9 August 2003. The CMH workshops contributed towards discussions on the achievement of the MDG and also Poverty Reductions processes.

Fourteen countries of the African Region - host country Ethiopia, ­followed by Angola, Botswana, Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa - debated the findings of the CMH Report and drew up plans of action for taking forward the findings and recommendations of the Report in their countries. Given the limited time, participants were requested to come up with tentative Plans of Action prior to the workshop. This meant that participants had already initiated contacts with key stakeholders to disseminate the findings of the CMH Report and to determine their interest in their individual countries.

Participants at the Addis meeting.

This workshop provided a unique opportunity for African countries to meet and debate actions for mobilising leadership, political commitment and funds for health within a macroeconomics and health framework.

Goals and Objectives

The workshop was structured to facilitate the sharing of experiences and expertise and to place countries in a position of authority with regard to macroeconomics and health. CMH activities in Ethiopia and Ghana were used to illustrate lessons learned. Two main goals of this workshop were to recognise the processes for mobilising attention and resources for health, both at national and international levels, and to reaffirm WHO’s commitment in supporting countries and providing technical expertise.

Participants discuss country Plans of Action.

Workshop Outcomes

The workshop achieved a consensus among the directors of planning in the ministries of health, planning and finance on the relevance of the CMH findings and recommendations to countries. Draft preparatory Plans of Action for countries were produced from Angola, Congo, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Uganda. Furthermore, a list of macroeconomics and health work-related lessons from the Ethiopian & Ghanian experiences was compiled and a consensus was reached on steps that need to be taken in order to produce and implement multi-year health investment plans. Finally, participants achieved a consensus on expected support from WHO and its partners.

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