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Kenya hosts International Conference to harmonise voices on women’s health

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Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) Regional Conference 2018, which begins in Nairobi Kenya, on Monday 12th to 15th November comes at a time when Women’s health issues have increasingly become crucial in shaping global, regional and national discourses in ensuring sustainable development goals are met.

The conference with the theme “Accelerating Women’s Health Agenda: Priorities and Opportunities through UN SDGs and AU Agenda 2063”  is being hosted by Kenya Medical Women Association (KMWA), aims at harmonising the voices of women in medicine in advocating and identifying solutions to women’s health agenda through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It will also explore how different countries within the continent and beyond are making progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to respond more effectively to the shifting burden of disease, end extreme poverty, and boost shared prosperity.

Achieving UHC is one of the targets the nations of the world set when adopting the SDGs in 2015. Countries that progress towards UHC will make milestone towards the other health-related targets, and towards the other goals.

“More than ever before, governments, policy makers, donors and development partners need to show continued interest in supporting women’s health issues with an aim of alleviating problems that face women and girls across the globe,” says Dr. Christine Sadia, the President of KMWA.

As the world reflects on the progress made in the two decades since the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action and the Beijing Platform of Action and adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, women’s and girls’ health remains a powerful reminder that much work remains to be done.

“The evolving socioeconomic, political, environmental and demographic contexts for women’s health needs requires urgent attention with a view to ensuring that girls and women not only survive but thrive and that these benefits are transferred to the next generation,” says Dr. Sadia.

The conference brings together women in medicine, academicians, industry experts, policy makers, science and global health actors to share ideas on how to fast-track the SDGs and advancements in health for women, children and adolescents.

 

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