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Public Health Symposium Redefines Path to Universal Health Coverage

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Public Health Symposium Redefines Path to Universal Health Coverage

The Public Health Association of Zambia, in partnership with Unicaf University in Zambia, successfully hosted the Public Health Symposium on June 27, 2024. Themed “Redefining and Accelerating Universal Health Coverage through a Public Health Approach”, the symposium aimed to raise awareness and propose solutions for achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in Zambia.

The event gathered key health professionals, researchers, students, and policymakers to discuss the intersection of public health practices and universal health access.

Symposium Highlights

The symposium featured a series of insightful sessions, including:

  • Determinants of Health: This session explored various factors that influence health outcomes and access to health services
  • Strengthening Health Security and Emergency Response: Focused on integrating research to enhance universal health coverage in Zambia
  • Q&A Session: An interactive discussion where attendees engaged with speakers on critical health issues
  • Primary Health Care: Emphasised the importance of primary health care as the cornerstone of universal health coverage
  • Public Health and Community Engagement: Discussed the vital connection between public health initiatives and community involvement

Distinguished Speakers

The event featured a lineup of prominent speakers, including:

  • Prof. Christopher Simoonga, Permanent Secretary Administration, Ministry of Health
  • Dr Tamba Tamba, Director of Public Health – Ministry of Health
  • Dr Kapata, Director, Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI)
  • Dr Kalangwa, Director of Health Promotion
  • Dr Clement Chela, Dean, School of Health Sciences, Unicaf University
  • M. Kalumba, President, Public Health Association of Zambia
  • Dr Marirajan Thiruppathi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Unicaf University

Advancing Universal Health Coverage

The symposium underscored the urgency of adopting a public health approach to ensure equitable health access across Zambia. Discussions revolved around innovative strategies, integrating research into health security and fostering stronger community engagement.

About the Public Health Association of Zambia

The Public Health Association of Zambia is dedicated to advancing public health practices, promoting health education and advocating for policies that improve health outcomes for all Zambians.