Despite observed differences in healthcare delivery systems across Africa and Asia, countries on both continents share similar factors that influence health and healthcare. These include demographic, epidemiologic, economic, social, cultural, and political factors. They also face similar challenges such as (i) difficulties expanding healthcare access to large population groups, many of which live in poverty, (ii) addressing the unfinished agenda of deaths from infections and maternal and child health conditions, (iii) difficulties in service delivery reorganization to match changing population and disease patterns, and (iv) emerging diseases accelerated by climate change, some of which have epidemic and pandemic potential.
This academic dialogue series aims to create a flow and exchange of ideas surrounding their similar global health issues between the two continents. These dialogues bring together speakers, experts, global leaders, scholars, and researchers from Asia, Africa, and all across Duke University to discuss these issues and encourage collaboration to expand on the current research on the following topics.
- Tackling the unfinished agenda of maternal and child health in Africa and Asia: Promising directions to address maternal mortality challenges
- Achieving sustainable financing of universal health coverage
- Transforming from vertical to horizontal health programs
- Addressing the impacts of climate change on health
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This project is funded by the Duke Africa Initiative
Ekene Osakwe, Graduate research assistant, Duke Global Health Institute
Kiara Ekeigwe, Undergraduate research assistant, Duke University