Wellbeing Foundation Africa at World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) is attending the 2018 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC this week. The focus of the WBFA delegation has been on universal health coverage (UHC) and support for frontline health workers.
The WBFA has also attended high-level panel events, including a discussion on “Managing Demographic Transition to Maximize Human Capital and Economic Growth” with Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA; and a panel event on the Digital Economy in Africa with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Philanthropist Tony Elumelu and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.
H.E. Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki, Founder-President of the WBFA, commented: “The Wellbeing Foundation Africa's participation at these Spring Meetings will help us to ensure a better worldwide understanding and commitment to UHC."
“I particularly welcome Dr. Kanem’s commitment to a world without preventable deaths in childbirth – at the WBFA our midwives are working to the same goal. As we experience significant demographic changes, the WBFA is part of the discussion on how we can adapt and grown health systems to ensure wellbeing and health for all.”
“World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has correctly stated that significant investments need to be made in infrastructure in Africa – not just in the digital economy, but also in health infrastructure.”
The WBFA's Jack Tunmore commented from Washington DC: "The World Bank Group has rightly identified that UHC is key to achieving its twin goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing equity and shared prosperity. It is the key factor behind all of the WBG’s investments in health and nutrition. This week we at the WBFA have supported that vision and advocated for increased funding for health workers and health infratructure to be the focus of every country's UHC path."
"The only way to deliver a demographic dividend in developing countries and around the world is to strengthen primary health frontlines. That is where the battles for lives are won and lost.”
The WBFA will attend further discussions over the following days, including an event with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, to analyse progress made on UHC.