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6th Biennial Christian Health Associations Conference

Increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa; the challenge of sustainability in scaling up FBOs response

Increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa; the challenge of sustainability in scaling up FBOs response

Lusaka, Zambia, 25-28 February 2013. The Africa Christian Health Associations’ Platform (ACHAP) in collaboration with the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) and with support from various health development partners successfully hosted the 6th biennial Africa Christian Health Association’s Conference in Lusaka, Zambia. 

The conference drew attendance from 21 countries from Europe, the U.S and Africa. It was attended by 17 member Christian health associations, including and drug distribution agencies from 15 countries.

There were three pre-conference workshops held on the 25th of February, one was hosted by Novo Nordisk and addressed measures to tackle diabetes in the healthcare system in Sub-Saharan Africa. IMA/Capacity plus sponsored a Human Resource in Health workshop focusing  on the impact that non-communicable diseases on the health workforce while the Christian Connections for International Health- CCIH sponsored a Family Planning workshop that discussed developing a contraceptive security strategy within faith based organizations.

UNAIDS hosted a post-conference workshop on the 1st of March which looked at the Global Plan to eliminate new infections in children and keep mothers alive.

The keynote address for the opening of the 6th Biennial Conference was delivered by the Zambia country representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Olusegun Babaniyi.

In his address Dr. Babaniyi said that non-communicable diseases consisting of mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, represented the leading threat to human health and development and caused an estimated 35 million deaths each year – 60% of all deaths globally – with 80% in low and middle income countries.

The ACHAP biennial conference also chose a new board to spearhead the review of the ACHAP institutional assessment report that was supported by CORDAID as well as enriching of the ACHAP strategic plan for the next two years. The board is headed by Karen Sichinga who is also the head of CHAZ, other board members are drawn from the respective Christian Health Associations and drug supply agencies from Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria and Malawi.

For more details on the conference you can refer to the Conference Concept Paper , Draft Conference Program

 

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