Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has urged the Southern African region to invest in strong and resilient health systems that deliver health coverage.
Dr. Chilufya says by investing in strong health systems and human capital, the region will be able to address many public health challenges such as Tuberculosis.
The Minister said this last evening when he officiated at the Southern Africa TB and Health Systems Support Project 4th Regional Advisory Committee meeting, in Livingstone.
Dr. Chilufya thanked the World Bank for investing One hundred and Twenty-two Million United States Dollars towards the project being implemented in Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho and Mozambique.
Speaking at the same event, In-coming Regional Advisory Committee Chairperson Jabbin Mulwanda, who is also, Zambia’s Permanent Secretary-Health Technical Services, said a lot of progress has been made in ending TB, in partnership with cooperating partners.
And Outgoing Regional Advisory Committee Chairperson, Mole Kumalo, who is also Lesotho’s Health Permanent Secretary, said time has come to reverse the heavy burden of TB in the region.
World Bank Country Manager for Zambia, Ina Ruthenberg said investing in Health, especially communicable diseases, TB and other occupational lung diseases has significant economic returns.
She said this in a speech read on her behalf by World Bank Senior Health Specialist Humberto Cossa.