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About Biennial Conferences
Every two years ACHAP and partner organizations convene for a Biennial Conference to reflect on regional and global health issues and priorities which have an impact on countries and communities served by faith based health services. Through the inspiration and facilitation of WCC and support by various partners, the CHAs from Africa have created biennial platforms for networking, engagement and experience sharing beginning from the late 90s. In 2003, a CHAs meeting was held in Nairobi, Kenya followed by another one in November 2004 held at Mangochi, Malawi. In January 2007, the CHAs meeting was hosted by CSSC at Bagamoyo in Tanzania. During the deliberations at each of these meetings the similarities of the functions and challenges facing CHAs was found to be striking. The CHA meeting of Nairobi focused on HIV&AIDS and Primary Health Care, the Malawi meeting focused on Health Care Financing and Public-Private Partnership. The Bagamoyo meeting focused on the Human Resources for Health (HRH) retention crisis and Health Sector Reforms within the region.
The CHAs conferences have created rich fora for exchange of experiences, lessons learnt, documents and best practices. The networking and exchanges that take place both formally and informally in these meetings provide practical lessons that also serve as a source of inspiration. It is for this reason that the Bagamoyo Conference decided to strengthen the CHAs platform by establishing a Secretariat to support coordinate the activities of the network.
This initiative was embraced by collaborating partners who provided technical and financial support towards enabling the Secretariat to play a meaningful role for the CHAs Platform.
The other ACHAP Biennial Conferences which have been facilitated by the Secretariat include:
- 2009 in Kampala Uganda which focused on Partnerships for FBO health systems strengthening,
- 2011 in Accra Ghana which discussed the Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health,
- 2013 in Lusaka Zambia which focused on FBO engagement in addressing the rising burden of non communicable diseases ,
- 2015 in Nairobi Kenya which addressed partnerships towards Universal Health Coverage and,
- 2017 in Maseru, Lesotho the focus was on health systems strengthening towards achieving SDGs.