NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Sub-Saharan Africa should explore innovative financing for
primary healthcare in the light of declining support from
overseas donors, advocates said at a forum in Nairobi on Friday.
The advocates and
policymakers said domestic resources will cushion the health
sector in Africa from paralysis occasioned by major cutbacks
from bilateral and multilateral donors.
Group CEO of Nairobi-based Amref Health Africa, said policy and
regulatory incentives are an imperative to encourage local
private sector to invest in healthcare as donor support shrink
“Donor funding for
health sector in Africa has been declining hence the need to pay
attention to domestic financing models and prevent a crisis,”
including rich nations and multilateral lenders have either
terminated or shrunk their financial support towards critical
healthcare programs in Africa.
Early this week, the
United States President Donald Trump announced major cutbacks on
overseas funding for family planning services in line with his
policy of disentangling Washington from multilateral affairs.
the negative impacts of withdrawal of American financial support
toward healthcare in Africa saying the continent’s growing
economies will mitigate against a crisis.
donor funding towards health sector in Africa stands at less
than 20 percent. This support is expected to decline further but
rapid economic growth will be our fall-back,” Gitahi told
He added that tax
rebates will encourage local private sector to invest in
healthcare infrastructure and personnel to enhance African
countries’ response to infectious and lifestyle diseases.