Zim To Host African Medical Councils Conference

ZIMBABWE  is set to host the 23rd edition of the Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) conference  from 17 to 21 July, 2019 in the resort town of  Victoria Falls.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

The conference brings together about 250 delegates from 20 African countries under one roof to discuss how health regulators can contribute to the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC).

Themed ”The Role Of The Health Regulator In The Delivery Of Universal Health Coverage’, the conference is co-hosted by Health Professions Authority (HPA) Zimbabwe and the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ).

HPA Zimbabwe Secretary-General, Mr Shepherd Humure, welcomed the hosting of the 23rd AMCOA Conference in Zimbabwe. He encourages all health players to be part of this conference.

The conference is an opportunity to foster best practices by health professionals and ethical practices as well as harmonisation of standards for medical education and training,” said Mr Humure.

Other objectives at the fore during the conference include quality assurance as a prerequisite for universal health coverage, patient safety and compensation for harm, financial resource strategies for the delivery of universal health coverage, and human resources planning as a recipe for universal health coverage.

The primary purpose of AMCOA is to support medical regulatory authorities in Africa in the protection of the public interest by promoting high standards of medical education, registration and regulation, and facilitating the ongoing exchange of information among medical regulatory authorities.

“The Conference is aimed at providing a platform where African and International medical regulators, policy makers and academics share ideas, experiences and learn from each other with a view to enhance the health of the population of Africa,” says AMCOA on their website.

Zimbabwe’s Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo according to a provisional programme on the AMCOA website is expected to officiate the conference.

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