The Head of Health Institutional Capacity Strengthening at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, TBI, Ope Adejoro says the institute is working closely with the West Africa Health Organisation, WAHO, to provide the required technical support for the development and implementation of Vision 2030 WAHO Regional Health Strategy.
Adejoro revealed this in Abuja at the press briefing where she further noted that TBI’s interest is to ensure that the document when ready, will be implemented to achieve direct impact on the health of the people of the West African sub-Region.
She explained that the Institute is also working with WAHO to ensure that the strategy takes into consideration all key factors that will make the document encompassing and far reaching.
“What we are doing with WAHO is helping them put this vision 2030 that WAHO has together to not just create a document, but to make something that we can implement, and that will have a direct impact on the people that WAHO seeks to serve.
“What are we doing directly? So right now, over the last week, we have been working with the different stakeholders to ensure that they have an idea of where WAHO wants to go; we are helping to make sure and document that WAHO is considering all the current issues that it needs to consider.
“Once our strategy is done as well, we are hoping that we will be here to support WAHO to implement.”
Also speaking, Project Lead for the WAHO Institutional Capacity Strengthening Project at TBI, Tyra Fom revealed that the Vision 2030 Strategy, the longest lasting strategy, will have a lifespan of ten years.
According Fom, the work of producing the strategy will be a collaborative effort taking into cognizance the specific needs of citizens of the region.
“This strategy will support WAHO to define its priorities and define the ways that it will support the region to address these issues and to improve the health situation.
“It will be done collaboratively with WAHO colleagues as well as key partners and stakeholders in the region. So our work is mainly to serve as facilitators, to ensure that we capture the situation and we address the concerns of the citizens, and also reflect the priorities; but more importantly to focus on the areas which WAHO can address as a specialized institution of ECOWAS”.
Special Assistant to the Director General of WAHO, Nanalop Ogbureke said while the strategy is expected to be ready by February 2022, WAHO is working to ensure that aspirations of member states align with global commitments towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.