East African Community 'Open Health' Project to Boost Maternal & Child Health

Lusekelo Philemon | ippmedia.com | June 8, 2012

The East African Community is expected to launch before the end of this year, a special project geared to boost maternal and child health in the region.

Named ‘Open Health Initiative’, the project envisages to promote innovative interventions and enhance access to data and information for better results, better tracking of resources and stronger oversight of results and resources for women's and children's health nationally and regionally, all geared towards achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.

EAC Secretary General, Dr Richard Sezibera announced the regional bloc health initiative here on Wednesday, when opening the first preparatory meeting, which brought on board delegates from the Partner States and various international and regional collaborating partners. He said the target was for the Open Health Initiative to be officially launched by the 14th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State due in November this year.