The COVID-19 Pandemic and Non-communicable Diseases-A Wake-up Call for Primary Health Care System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Christian Kraef
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  • Pamela Juma
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  • Per Kallestrup
  • Joseph Mucumbitsi, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda
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  • Kaushik Ramaiya, University of Tanzania
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  • Gerald Yonga, Aga Khan Univ, Aga Khan University, Ctr Excellence Women & Child Hlth

Strengthening Primary Health Care Systems is the most effective policy response in low-and middle-income countries to protect against health emergencies, achieve universal health coverage, and promote health and wellbeing. Despite the Astana declaration on primary health care, respective investment is still insufficient in Sub-Sahara Africa. The SARS-CoV-2019 pandemic is a reminder that non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are increasingly prevalent in Sub-Sahara Africa, are closely interlinked to the burden of communicable diseases, exacerbating morbidity and mortality. Governments and donors should use the momentum created by the pandemic in a sustainable and effective way by pivoting health spending towards primary health care.

TidsskriftJournal of primary care & community health
Sider (fra-til)2150132720946948
StatusUdgivet - 1 aug. 2020

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