Seminar on Universal Health Coverage
The Embassy of Japan hosted an interactive seminar entitled “Global Health Landscape for achieving Universal Health Coverage through Resilient Health Systems” in Lusaka on March 27th, 2017. A keynote lecture was given by Professor Tomohiko Sugishita, Department of International Affairs and Tropical Medicine, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, on “Global Health Landscape and Japan’s Commitments in the Era of SDGs”.
The Seminar was attended by the Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia, and health professionals in the Ministry of Health and the private sector, among others. Minister Chilufya expressed the gratitude of the Government of Zambia for Japan’s long term contribution towards the country’s development in the health sector, and his sincere hope for the further development of the relationship between the two countries.
In his lecture, Prof. Sugishita offered insightful recommendations towards strengthening the health systems in Zambia by introducing a number of episodes such as his engagement in the health sector in Africa, the global health landscape, lessons drawn from Japan’s experiences in the establishment of a ‘human-centered’ health system. Building upon the lecture, panelists discussed ways and means to achieve UHC in Zambia. It is hoped that this seminar will contribute to promoting UHC in Zambia, and thereby contributing to the socioeconomic development in Zambia.
To read the speech made by Ambassador Sobashima at this seminar, please click here.