The 42nd Annual Conference of AHSAG is expected to bring together Health Services Administrators across the country to deliberate on the conference theme and other related matters regarding current national health programmes and economic policies.
Universal Health Coverage is the 2018 Global Health Theme of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO defines Universal Health Coverage as:
“Ensuring that all people have access to needed health services (including prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation) of sufficient quality to be effective while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship”.
Universal Health Coverage has therefore become a major goal for health reform in many countries and a priority objective of the WHO.
Universal health coverage embodies three related objectives:
equity in access to health services - those who need the services should get them, not only those who can pay for them;
that the quality of health services is good enough to improve the health of those receiving services; and
financial-risk protection - ensuring that the cost of using care does not put people at risk of financial hardship.
Health Service Administrators play a key role in the implementation of national health policies at the health facility level. Together with other health managers, they have responsibility for planning, mobilizing and efficiently managing resources for effective implementation of health programmes in their facilities. There is therefore the need for Health Service Administrators to adequately acquaint themselves with the key ingredients and indicators of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to commit themselves to the realization of its related objectives. With much clearer understanding of UHC, Health Service Administrators would contribute effectively towards planning health programmes and mobilizing resources to achieve the related objectives of UHC.
The objectives of the 2018 AHSAG Conference are as follows:
About 320 Health Service Administrators from the Ghana Health Service, Teaching Hospitals, the Mental Health Authority, Universities, CHAG, Quasi-Government Health Institutions, and Private Healthcare Facilities across the country are expected to participate in the Conference.
There will be Resource Persons with in-depth knowledge and experience in health policy formulation, implementation and analysis to facilitate the scientific sessions in the thematic areas of the Conference.
Other health personnel interested in understanding UHC may attend the opening and scientific sessions of the Conference.
Guest of Honour
Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Member of Parliament and Minister of Health