Pohamba happy with Health PPP conference in Namibia

08 Dec 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – The use of Public-Private Partnerships has gained widespread acceptance as one of the tactics to achieve global health objectives, President Hifikepunye Pohamba says.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Health Minister Dr Richard Kamwi here on Monday during the opening of the two-day Health Public-Private Partnership (PPP) conference in Namibia.
The conference was initiated by the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) in an effort to improve healthcare services.
It takes place under the theme ‘Forging partnerships to save lives’, and aims at informing stakeholders to identify priority areas which need urgent attention in improving health service delivery and reaching consensus in identified priority areas.
Pohamba said since the Health Public-Private Partnership is well-known, it can expand its contribution to improve health systems and health outcomes in the developing world.
The president hailed Namibia’s well-organised private sector health services, saying it could be harnessed by the government, which is expected to provide universal access to healthcare services to all.
The Namibian government adopted the Policy Framework for Public-Private Partnership for the Health Sector in the year 2013, giving impetus to the roll-out of the National Public-Private Partnership Policy.
“Affordability and access to health services, the creation of new employment opportunities, transfer of skills and knowledge and the overall development and improvement of the health sector are some of the considerations in the Health Public-Private Partnership,” said Pohamba.