Can Africans Hold Their Leaders Accountable To Deliver The Health Services They Need? Reflections From Kampala


By Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda, and Future Health Systems.

As we celebrate the World Health Day I am asking myself a question: have African governments done what they should for their people? Or have they ensured their own comfort forgetting about the people who vote them into power? These thoughts were sparked by a talk show I listened to last night in which the Chair person for the Uganda Medical Association noted that while the Ugandan Government allocated only about 6 percent of its budget to health this financial year, the parliamentarians who are responsible for passing this budget ensure that they have health insurance for them and their families.

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